Baroness sees Euro cash benefits

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A TOP government minister has been shown the positive side of European economics as she visited some successful projects in Thetford.

Baroness Hanham CBE, parliamentary under secretary of state for communities and local government, visited the town last Thursday to see how £37million of European Regional Development Funding had benefited Breckland.

Mark Kiddle-Morris, Breckland Council’s executive member for assets and strategic development, showed Baroness Hanham the Keystone Innovation Centre and introduced her to beneficiaries of the funding.

He said: “The previous and current European programmes have provided a tremendous opportunity for Breckland to take the lead on behalf of different partners and obtain the funding needed to undertake substantial, strategic programmes of improvement.”

A further £3.2million was raised through the REV Active Project and Baroness Banham visited Warren Services on Fison Way Industrial Estate to see how the money had helped the business to grow.

She was shown the company’s award-winning fire safety system, Watermist.