Excitement greets announcement of Investment Zone on Coventry and Warwickshire border - The Rugby Observer

Excitement greets announcement of Investment Zone on Coventry and Warwickshire border

Rugby Editorial 22nd Nov, 2023   0

EXCITEMENT has greeted the ‘game-changing’ announcement that an Investment Zone will be created on the border of Coventry and Warwickshire to encourage businesses to invest in the area.

Chancellor Jeremy Hunt announced the zone would be created around the site of Coventry Airport during his Autumn Statement today (Wednesday November 22).

Tax incentives and breaks will be available to businesses in the zone.

A group of businesspeople who joined the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce at Prime Accountant Group’s HQ to watch and react to the Autumn Statement have welcomed the ‘exciting news’.

Corin Crane, chief executive of the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce, said: “There was real excitement in the room with regards to the investment zone. This could be a real game changer for the region.

“We know how important that site is around Coventry Airport and this could have a massive impact for the regional economy.”

He said there were other welcome measures announced in the statement, such as the extension of Business Rates relief for firms in the hospitality and retail sector.

He added: “Even the financial professions around the table need more time to fully assess the implication of the measures, but the Chancellor set out plans for growth which our members will always want to hear.

“Another area that I will be very interested to see the detail on was the planning reforms as this is something we have been calling for as part of our employment land review for the region.

“We understand that we are getting very close to a General Election and that some of the measures introduced around the minimum wage and National Insurance will have one eye on that, and it’s important to understand how firms will benefit.”

Steve Harcourt, director of Prime Accountants Group, added: “We spoke before the statement about businesses needing confidence and I believe it helped to do that.

“We were thinking there might be a recession in 2024 but, actually, the new forecasts suggest there will be growth, which is positive.

“There was a great deal of detail when it comes to tax changes and it was heavily focussed on business. That was to be welcomed and we’ll be looking at the small print in the coming days to see the full impact on our clients.”

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