Cllr Jon Hubbard

Wiltshire Councillor for Melksham South

Serving the community across Melksham


Liberal Democrats in Government have annouced massive investments in Wiltshire this week, with investments in Porton Down and Dyson in Malmsbury.

This is part of the third round of investment of £1.05bn by the Regional Growth Fund. The Regional Growth Fund is overseen by Liberal Democrat Leader and Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg and has already announced £2.4bn of investment in the first two rounds.

Commenting, Wiltshire Lib Dem Group Leader Jon Hubbard said:

"Instead of concentrating on the City of London like the previous government did, Liberal Democrats in the Coalition Government are doing everything possible to make places like Wiltshire the economic powerhouses they deserve to be.

"For too long, our economy has been lopsided and over-reliant on financial speculators in only one Square Mile. Liberal Democrats are doing the right thing to rebalance the economy: by investing in areas like ours through the Regional Growth Fund.

"This is only one part of what the Coalition Government is doing: it has also set up a Green Investment Bank that will help create sustainable jobs, overseen an 80% increase in apprentices and given young people the chance to earn or learn through the £1bn Youth Contract."

Commenting further, Leader of the Liberal Democrats and Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg said:

"This £1bn boost for growth in towns and cities across England is creating jobs that will last in the parts of the country that need it most.

"In tough economic times the Regional Growth Fund is good value for taxpayers' money – this £1bn round of the fund is pulling in £6bn of private sector investment.

"I have seen for myself the real difference this makes on the ground – from iconic businesses like Eddie Stobart expanding in Widnes and creating 3,450 jobs in the local area, to the Sunderland car parts factory, Unipres who have used their funding to buy a new 3,000 tonne press, letting them accelerate production and take on an extra 316 people.

"The Regional Growth Fund is working, on track and supporting businesses to create jobs and grow the economy."


Notes to editors:


Dyson Ltd. 

Direct Jobs: 68
Indirect Jobs: 82
Dyson continues to invest in a growing team of engineers and scientists in Malmesbury. This funding will boost the development of brand new Dyson technologies for export. Universities, technology and engineering companies all stand to gain from this investment too. It is good news for the South West but it also reaffirms Britain's place at the forefront of advanced engineering research.

Wiltshire Council and Wrenbridge Land Ltd / Trebor Developments LLP Joint Venture

Direct Jobs: 940
Indirect Jobs: 165
Porton Down Science Park will comprise a 7.96 Hectare site adjacent to the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) facility and the Health Protection Agency (HPA) Porton site. The Science Park will provide 355,502 sq ft of research and development accommodation and facilities for science and research based industries who wish to work alongside Dstl and HPA. The jobs created within the Science Park will be high value jobs and primarily consist of specialised technical and research skill sets. The science park will be an opportunity for advanced skills training in the bioscience sector. Located outside the secure areas, it will attract a high level of inward investment of both UK and foreign bioscience and health care.

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