Food Enterprise Zones Expected to Create 10,000 Food Manufacturing Jobs
October 14, 2015
To further strengthen the United Kingdom’s powerhouse food and farming industry—which is its largest manufacturing sector and employs 1 in 8 people—the government will create 17 new Food Enterprise Zones (FEZs). Construction on these zones, which will help foster a network of food hubs across England, will begin in the first quarter of 2016. The government predicts the FEZs will create more than 10,000 new jobs in the food and farming industry.
FEZs will provide their communities with support to expand their food and farming businesses while also preserving the integrity of the surrounding countryside. The FEZs also hope to attract new food and drink manufacturing businesses, which will help champion distinctly British food, reinvigorate rural economies and help food manufacturing businesses export products abroad.
Currently, the United Kingdom exports £19 billion worth of food and drink products to 214 countries every year.
The government predicts FEZ communities will experience an increase in tourism and investments in their industries, as well as renewed interest in the food sciences. Supporters hope that food and farming will one day be considered as prestigious as the medical and technology sectors.