EGGER has welcomed a major boost for forestry and wood processing in the north of England and south of Scotland after funding was confirmed for a growth deal worth almost £400 million.
EGGER is delighted that the industry is so prominently featured in the Borderlands Inclusive Growth (BIG) Deal, which is funded by the UK and Scottish Governments and five local authorities, three in England and two in Scotland.
Last summer, EGGER released the paper Forestry and wood processing in the Borderlands Growth Deal to open up a debate about the sector's importance to the industry on both sides of the border. EGGER Forestry’s John Paterson and Simon Hart have since taken an active role in discussions about the potential to include a Forestry Innovation Centre in the proposals.
NOTE: All shown decors are reproductions.
John Paterson, Director of EGGER Forestry, said: "EGGER opened up the conversation about the importance of our industry to the Borderlands and we have been delighted to continue to play a central role in very constructive discussions with colleagues from the industry, academia and public forestry. It is tremendous to see the culmination of a year of hard work - and both the Forestry Innovation Centre and wider Natural Capital Innovation Zone are fantastic news for the sector. We now look forward to further discussions to move these proposals forward and make them happen."
The funding for the Borderlands Inclusive Growth Deal was confirmed by Minister for the Northern Powerhouse, Jake Berry MP, who said: "This once-in-a-generation deal will deliver unprecedented investment in the Borderlands region while strengthening our cross-border links. We have moved closer to finalising a deal which will deliver over 5,500 jobs, dramatically improve transport and digital connectivity, boost tourism and generate around £1.1 billion of economic benefits for the region."
Mr Berry visited the EGGER plant at the end of May last year and was presented with a copy of Forestry and wood processing in the Borderlands Growth Deal.