Business Secretary hears Bristol & Bath Science Park’s plans for growth

Business Secretary Sajid Javid with local MPs

Business Secretary Sajid Javid with local MPs

Proposals to bring new investment and jobs to the West of England were shared with Business Secretary Sajid Javid on a visit to the Bristol & Bath Science Park on 3 December.

Mr Javid met members of the Science Park’s steering committee and local MPs Ben Howlett, Chris Skidmore and Luke Hall to discuss emerging proposals to develop a world class automotive research centre on the site.

Mr Javid heard how the proposed £50m project could establish the UK as a leader in the creation of cleaner, more efficient vehicles by building on the university’s expertise in low carbon automotive propulsion engineering. It could also create thousands of new highly skilled advanced engineering jobs if it was to go ahead.

Sajid 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 & Bath Science Park have such a vital role to play in meeting our ambitions.”

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.”