New figures suggest the Bristol enterprise zone, Temple Quarter, has been
among the most successful in the country in terms of creating jobs.
Bristolpost.co.uk revealed that 500 jobs have been created there
since the national scheme was unveiled in 2011, which represents more than
one-tenth of jobs - yet there are 24 zones involved. This shows that Bristol
must be one of the top performers in the country.
The Bristol Temple Quarter enterprise zone is centred around proposals
regenerate the city's Temple Meads station and the area around, with a
pedestrianised area, business district and indoor arena among the plans on the
While Bristol would appear to be playing its part in reaching a projected
54,000 new jobs across all zones by 2015, some other areas are not, prompting
the government to admit that it has had to revise down this estimate to 18,000
According to ft.com, some of the other zones that seem to be doing
well are Discovery Park in Kent with 1,300 staff working there, the Black
Country zone which has had £150 million of investment by Jaguar Land Rover, and
Airport City in Manchester where five million square foot of business space is
being developed by a Chinese firm.
From the limited statistics being released, it is clear that there is a clear
divide between successful and unsuccessful zones - for example, 3,080 jobs were
created in 2012/13, but three-quarters of these were created in seven of the 24