Sajjad has congratulated Salford City Council on their success at gaining nearly £16m of funding for local projects from the European Regional Development Fund.
European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) is focused on supporting economic regeneration and safeguarding jobs within EU countries. The money, which has been made available for projects across Salford includes £6.7m towards the Media Enterprise Centre at Media City UK, which will provide unique facilities for smaller digital media companies, enabling them to take advantage of advanced technology, a trained workforce, flexible workspace, research and other opportunities.
This week Sajjad met with Council Redevelopment Officers and Conservative Group Leader, Councillor Karen Garrido, to be briefed on the projects currently bring delivered.
“I am delighted that Salford has been so successful in gaining funding for so many projects” said Sajjad. “The current programme has nine projects with the biggest chunk of funding going to the Media Enterprise Centre. Grants go to fund schemes that would not have taken place without it to support local communities to develop economic strategies and help local initiatives promote economic development.
“Salford are clearly fortunate in having a proactive team of officers who work hard to deliver improvemnets to the local environment and make the area more attractive to business, residents and visitors.
“The current programme of £16m comes on the back of the projects already completed between 2000 and 2006 which netted nearly £12m in ERDF grant aid. So Salford has really benefitted from this EU support”.
The discussing on funding with Councillor Garrido took place as the Conservative led Coalition Government announced a £15m Regional Development Grant for the Port of Salford to help create 3,800 jobs.
Commenting at the meeting Councillor Garrido was delighted at the positive news saying: “Today’s RDF grant is wonderful news. Together with the ongoing projects funded with ERDF monies, this shows a real commitment by Conservatives at every level of both UK and European Government, to stimulating enterprise and support growth. Areas of Salford still desperately need improvement and stimulating growth in these communities helps generate employment opportunities.
“I work closely with our MEP, Sajjad Karim, who is a real friend to Salford, visiting on a regularly basis and acting as an advocate for our area in the European Parliament.
Sajjad was also pleased to hear of these additional funds: “This demonstrates how Central Government and European funding going hand in hand will develop top class businesses to make the most of the key strategic gateway that Salford sits on, running from the Docks to the Atlantic.”