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More than 2,000 new jobs could come to Harlow if plans for an enterprise zone go ahead.
Enterprise West Essex could bring over 100 new companies to the town if it gets the go ahead to become an enterprise zone.
An enterprise zone is an area which is able to give businesses tax breaks, easier planning rules and faster broadband to encourage more firms to base there.
Out of six schemes submitted there are only two left - Harlow and another scheme in Kent. The Harlow scheme is the second preference of our local enterprise scheme which covers areas in Essex, Kent and East Sussex.
Councillor Russell Perrin, Harlow Council's portfolio holder for Regeneration and Enterprise, told Heart "Harlow already has a great name in technology and is superbly placed between London and Cambridge, with all the road, rail and air links any company could want."
"This Enterprise Zone application shows that Harlow is most definitely open for business. It takes the advantages we already have to the next level and sets the scene for a major boost in employment. I hope the clear merits of this application are recognised by central Government."
The plans will be submitted to Local Government Minister and Brentwood MP Eric Pickles who'll take the final decision.