Economic analysis conducted by Freeport East as part of its bid submission shows that it can create 13,500 jobs in the region, along with 150 apprenticeships.

Over the next five years the Freeport would attract more than £500 million of investment, while the total gross value added to the UK economy is £650 million.

Freeport East will ensure the UK has a global port area and boost the trading capacity at Felixstowe by an additional 1.3 million tonnes – the equivalent of over four million containers.

The total Freeport area extends out from the twin ports, with a total diameter of 45km, with tax and/or customs sites earmarked for development inland. These are at Horsley Cross, Bathside Bay, Great Blakenham, Gateway 14, the Parker and Anzani Avenue areas of Felixstowe and the Port of Felixstowe Logistics Park.

We will use our tax and customs sites to spread and catalyse innovation to create a corridor of prosperity from the Midlands Engine to the East Coast, connecting them to global markets and global markets beyond.

Innovation will look at supporting green energy, such as the expansion of offshore wind in the region and new nuclear projects at Sizewell and Bradwell, as well as wider research and development linked in with university partners across the region and beyond around hydrogen technology.

Harwich is already home to the operations and maintenance Facility of Galloper Offshore 353MW Wind Farm, so Freeport East can be confident we have the local skills to drive a wave of innovation in green energy.

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