Duncan welcomed extra Government funding for Wiltshire, announced by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, which will help to create a hub for digital start-up businesses in Corsham.
The funding will enable the development of an incubation, training and collaboration space for digital and innovation start-up businesses at the Mansion House in Corsham town centre.
It comes as part of a new £11.5 million Government investment package for our area, as an expansion of the £129.3 million Local Growth Deal signed by Nick Clegg and Barry Dennington, chair of Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership, in December.
“I’ve been an enthusiastic advocate for the digital technology sector in Corsham, frequently promoting it to Ministers on the floor of the House of Commons.
“I’m delighted to have secured the Coalition Government’s financial backing for this exciting project to bring that expertise to many more start-up businesses right in the heart of the town, giving new life to premises made available by Wiltshire Council.”
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said:
“A quiet revolution is underway in Wiltshire and across the country, and Growth Deals signal the end of the culture where Whitehall calls the shots. I’ve seen for myself the difference it makes to give local areas real power over skills, over business support, and over infrastructure spending.
“I am delighted to announce the expansion of the Swindon and Wiltshire Growth Deal today.
“The Coalition Government has been relentless in our efforts to sort out the public finances and set firm foundations for growth. Growth Deals help create a stronger economy and a fairer society by boosting local economies, and providing more jobs, better transport and affordable homes.”
Duncan has highlighted the plans for a digital hub in Corsham to Ministers in the House of Commons, including a Parliamentary Question to the Minister for Business and Enterprise in March 2013 and another to the Deputy Prime Minister in November 2014. They also discussed the project when Nick Clegg visited Corsham in December.