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Business Secretary voices support for automotive research institute plan for Bristol and Bath Science Park

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Written by: Gavin Thompson | Posted 03 December 2015 17:11

Business Secretary voices support for automotive research institute plan for Bristol and Bath Science Park
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Ambitous plans to build a world class research centre for the car industry were praised by the Secretary of State for Business.

Sajid Javid called in to the Bristol and Bath Science Park to be briefed on the plans by three of the area’s MPs and the team behind the project.

The £50 million scheme is led by the University of Bath and would be based at the science park in Emersons Green, Bristol.

It aims to create a world-leading centre for research on making cars cleaner and more efficient using light-weight carbon materials and new engine technology.

Mr Javid said: “A successful science, technology and engineering sector will play an important part in supporting the Government’s plans for economic growth.

“That’s why places like Bristol and Bath Science Park have such a vital role to play in meeting our ambitions. I look forward to seeing the future plans for the site develop.”

Kingswood MP Chris Skidmore said: “The proposed institute would create thousands of jobs and will attract private investment to our area. It’s important that the project has the support of partners because of the huge benefits it would bring the surrounding area.”

The minister was also visiting the Airbus plant in nearby Filton to announce investment in research and technology in the aerospace sector.

Steve Egan, Vice-President (Implementation) at the University of Bath, said: “We are committed to the development of a facility that would deliver research and development for tomorrow’s clean efficient vehicles.

“This facility would work with industry leaders to build on the progress being made in the UK and give us a real competitive edge. We’re encouraged by the support of partners and the opportunity to discuss this with government.”

Iain Gray, steering committee chairman, said: “It’s important to demonstrate to government the innovation and growth that Bristol & Bath Science Park is superbly placed to unlock.

“The Science Park can act as a vital component in developing new sectors, and this proposal vividly demonstrates the impact that could be made, on a local and national scale.”

Pictured: Sajid Javid with MPs Ben Howlett, Chris Skidmore and Luke Hall outside the Bristol and Bath Science Park
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