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The largest business property development scheme ever undertaken by Bridgend County Borough Council is underway.

Carwyn Jones AM joined councillors and officers at Village Farm industrial estate in Pyle to view the £5.5m plans for the Enterprise Hub Programme.

Utilising £2.3m EU funding and contributions from Welsh Government and Bridgend County Borough Council, the programme will create more than 2,600 square metres of new business units, including blocks at the Village Farm Industrial Estate in Pyle designed to suitable for light industry.

Subject to Welsh Government approval, new facilities will also be created at Brocastle, and the Innovation Centre on Bridgend Science Park will be refurbished to accommodate modern business needs.

Around 58 businesses and 150 jobs will be supported by the initiative, which is being provided in partnership with Welsh Government as part of a plan to meet growing demand for commercial premises that are suitable for new or smaller enterprises.

Cllr Charles Smith, Cabinet Member for Education and Regeneration, said: "Research has revealed that 32 per cent of the local workforce are either self-employed or employed by businesses with fewer than nine staff, and 29 per cent are employed by small-to-medium sized enterprises.

"As the number of companies in Bridgend County Borough is increasing, this initiative will avoid a shortage of appropriate starter units, and is excellent news for the local economy.

"Architects Scott Brownrigg are currently developing the plans for the new enterprise hubs, and we anticipate that construction on this ambitious project will begin in 2019."

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