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On 31 January 2012, the Minister made an Oral Statement updating members on Enterprise Zones in Wales.

As part of that Statement, the Minister outlined the innovative approach proposal received from Powys County Council for local growth zones.

On 01 March 2012, the Minister announced that she would be setting up a short term Task and Finish Group to explore this model as an alternative approach to Enterprise Zones.The Task & Finish Group was set wide ranging terms of reference, but agreed that its focus should be on:

a) Exploring the suitability of Local Growth Zones for Powys by further developing the proposal submitted by Powys County Council as an alternative approach to Enterprise Zones

b) Looking at the specific issues affecting the key market towns of Brecon, Llandrindod Wells, and Newtown

As part of this remit, the Group considered the policy options to encourage and support jobs and economic growth, and offer the opportunity of testing different types of interventions which are sensitive to Powys’ local economic circumstances and growth challenges.

The members of the group are:

  • Justin Baird-Murray – Managing Director and owner of the Metropole Hotel in Llandrindod Wells (Group Chair)
  • Janet Jones – Federation of Small Businesses
  • Hannah Barrett – Chair of Mid Wales Manufacturing Group
  • James Gibson-Watt – Local business person and retailer
  • John Gallagher – Control Techniques Ltd
  • Wynne Jones – Business person and member of Powys County Council
  • Sue Balsom – a member of the Micro Business Task and Finish Group with an advisory role in regard to the work of the Local Growth Zones Group. In undertaking its task, the group undertook a call for evidence. Please view our summary of responses.

The group submitted its Task and Finish Group report to the Minister in July 2012.

The Minister responded to the report on behalf of the Welsh Government in November 2012.