The Government must rethink business regulation in order to make it easier for new companies to set up on Teesside, say North East Lib Dems Fiona Hall MEP and Redcar Lib Dem parliamentary candidate Ian Swales, following a visit to the Ensus biorefinery plant at the Wilton site in Redcar, which came online earlier this year.
The Ensus plant, the largest biorefinery in Europe, produces bioethanol, high protein animal feed substituting for rain forest soy meal, and non-fossil carbon dioxide for the drinks industry. It has created 100 jobs on site and around 2000 in the supply chain.
Said Ian Swales:
“Ensus is a success story and shows how the Wilton site, where I used to work, is transforming itself with the new technologies of the 21st century.
“The British business regime is difficult for any new company trying to get off the ground. Holland and Germany are much more user-friendly. If we don't make it easy for new enterprises to base themselves on Teesside, then they will go elsewhere.”
Commented Fiona Hall:
“The message we heard at Ensus is that European-level regulation is helpful, because it gives investors certainty. But much more needs to be done at a UK level to get new green jobs off the ground. That is why support for green jobs is a key commitment from the Liberal Democrats.”