Published On: Sat, Oct 18th, 2014 on 3:00 pm

£2.7m jobs boost for Wakefield region

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Simon Hughes, the Minister of State for Justice and Civil Liberties, has visited Harvard Engineering to see progress of its £22 million expansion project in Wakefield.

Harvard Engineering, which designs and manufactures lighting products, was awarded £2.7 million through the Government’s Regional Growth Fund (RGF).

Mr Hughes toured the company to see how the cash from the RGF is helping boost jobs and growth across the region with a new centre that will increase design and manufacturing capacity.

The investment is already enabling the business to bring 306 new jobs to Wakefield through a four-year period from October 2013. The company has also safeguarded a further 50 jobs.

Mr Hughes said: “The Regional Growth Fund is a helping hand from Government to create thousands of jobs that last, boost the private sector and rebalance the economy.

“I am thrilled to see that the people of Wakefield are to benefit. Companies like Harvard Engineering and the people who work there are helping us to build a stronger economy and a fairer society for this generation and the next.”

Through the RGF scheme, companies commit to creating jobs and investing in the regional economy in return for Government funding.

So far, £280 million of RGF money has been invested in businesses across Yorkshire and the Humber, helping to create 63,000 new jobs as companies have committed to investing an additional £1.7 billion.

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