THE regeneration of Winsford Industrial Estate will give Mid Cheshire's economy a vital confidence boost, according to MP Stephen O'Brien.

The Tory MP believes the five-year plan to transform the estate will help attract jobs and investment, as well as strengthening existing firms.

He was one of around 60 dignitaries who attended the official launch of the BID scheme last week, which will see the estate becoming the UK's first ever Business Improvement District (BID).

The scheme aims to enhance the estate's appearance and transport links while reducing crime.

Companies agreed to fund the £500,000 improvements themselves, and Mr O'Brien called it an 'important and worthwhile initiative.'

He said: 'This will be an important contribution to make it the best place to do business and attract investment.

'It will make businesses more competitive, secure more jobs and retain good employees in an attractive working environment.

'It will give an air of confidence to the area, given its prime location to serve all parts of the country.'

Improvements will include better landscaping and maintenance and security measures will include property marking and CCTV cameras.

Mike Kelly, of environmental group Groundwork, said the BID will have a huge impact on the 100 companies on the estate.

He said: 'The great level of interest demonstrates that companies are keen to work together to deliver the comprehensive range of improvements planned for the estate between 2006 and 2011.'


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