Regional growth fund investment reaches £4bn

Regional growth fund investment reaches £4 billionThe government’s Regional Growth Fund (RGF) has now put more than £1 billion in the hands of businesses, which in turn has leveraged nearly £3 billion in private sector investment, Business Secretary Vince Cable announced today.

The fund has also created and safeguarded more than 100,000 direct jobs in the English regions to-date. The news means the fund is now on track to deliver the 573,000 jobs it is projected to deliver by the end of the decade.

Business Secretary Vince Cable said: “So far, the Regional Growth Fund has secured £4 billion investment in companies across England – this is a great achievement, helping people and businesses across the country and there is still more to come.

It is proof that RGF is playing a pivotal role in developing innovative technologies; providing highly skilled jobs and giving businesses the confidence to invest in the UK.”

Universities, Science and Cities Minister Greg Clark said: “RGF is a great example of how business and government can work together to create the long-term, highly skilled jobs that are fuelling our recovery and growing our economy.

So far we have supported over 8,000 companies across the country to help them expand, take advantage of new markets and reach their full potential.”

Miller Construction awarded leading universities projects

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Miller Construction has secured a number of projects to deliver outstanding learning facilities with a combined construction value in excess of £57 million.

These latest projects provide further evidence of Miller Construction’s growing reputation as the property solutions partner of choice for universities looking to invest in the overall quality of their estates as they compete to attract students.

Miller Construction will deliver a mixture of design and build, remodelling and refurbishment packages on the campuses across the country, including:

Bath Spa University: design and construction of 561 residential accommodation units and a new energy centre.  BREEAM ‘Excellent’ is being targeted on this project which is due for completion in the summer of 2014.

Manchester Metropolitan University: delivery of a new 4,000sqm Students’ Union building including offices, club/meeting rooms, social spaces, shop, café/bar facility and recreation studio.  BREEAM ‘Very Good’ is being targeted on this project which is due for completion in the summer of 2014.

The University of Edinburgh: delivery of the second component of phase 2 of the National Avian Research Facility [NARF] at the University’s Easter Bush campus. Completion is due by the end of 2014.

University of Leeds: a remodelling and relocation project for the School of Geography, in addition to an extensive programme of refurbishment and infrastructure upgrades of the Clothworkers South and Central Buildings.  Completion is scheduled for the autumn of 2014.

The University of Sheffield:  refurbishment of the St George’s Campus buildings, including environmental and sustainability improvements with the aim of achieving BREEAM ‘Very Good’.  Completion is due in early 2014.

Chris Webster, Chief Executive, Miller Construction, said: “We have built an unrivalled reputation in the education market by delivering world-class facilities to meet modern education needs.  These latest contracts provide further evidence of our understanding of this sector and our expertise in providing bespoke solutions for universities looking to invest in their estates.

“Our approach is to focus on programmes of work with a select number of universities that recognise that the quality of the learning facilities and living environments provided are increasingly important elements in determining student choice.”