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Business set to take off in Somerset

Posted: 19/10/12

Yeovil-based aerospace company Agusta Westland has secured £46 million from the Regional Growth Fund, a figure that is likely to be matched by the company.

Cabinet Member for Economic Development at Somerset County Council, and Somerset 3D Board Member, Councillor David Hall said: “This is tremendous news for Somerset, and an exciting time for the staff at Agusta Westland.

“As a council we are working hard to promote Somerset as an attractive place for businesses to invest, develop and flourish; thereby stimulating our local economy.

"We will continue to do whatever we can to make Somerset a place where businesses can thrive, and we welcome government’s endorsement of our strategy, clearly demonstrated by this award.” 

Agusta Westland currently employs around 3,300 members of staff in Yeovil where they build and manufacture military helicopters.

The funding will help the company to create a new production line for helicopters targeted at the civil aviation market such as the AW189. A move that could protect and create thousands of jobs and apprenticeships in Somerset. Read more

AgustaWestland is a valued business ambassador for Somerset 3D and features in many of the project's posters and adverts as part of the Somerset - So Well Connected Campaign. 

Somerset demonstrates impressive credentials in the advanced engineering and aerospace sectors, based in a cluster around the south of the county. For more information see here