Why Choose Hereford

Skylon Park Incentives

Hereford Enterprise Zone has been set up by local landowners with Government backing to drive local economic growth and create jobs. Skylon Park is 100 acres of prime development land ready for swift occupation with all the necessary services already installed. If you’re an investor looking for flexible work space in a great location, Skylon Park is the optimum choice.

By choosing Skylon Park to accommodate all your business needs, you will enjoy:

  • Business rate reduction worth up to £275,000 per business over a five year period

  • Business rate discounts are available for up to five years to businesses that establish premises and create jobs on Skylon Park

  • These discounts are available for new businesses that move onto the Zone before 31st March 2018

  • The discounts are up to the state aid de minimis level of 200,000 euros over any three-year rolling period

  • For all but the biggest investors this means premises are free from rates for 5 years;

 

  • A simplified planning process meaning that planning is, in principle, already approved for the majority of investors:

    • The Hereford Enterprise Zone Local Development Order (LDO) was adopted in April 2013 and updated in November 2014. 

    • The LDO is a simplified form of planning permission which permits certain forms of development avoiding the need for individual planning applications to be made where proposals accord with the aspirations for the Enterprise Zone

    • There is no requirement to pay for prior notification applications, pre-application advice, amendments complying with the LDO or discharge of conditions.

    • All development covered by this LDO will be exempt from Section 106 obligations and future Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) requirements.

    • Decisions have to be given within 4 weeks of submission of the application.

 

  • Superfast and ultrafast broadband connectivity is available

    • The Estate has been enabled for superfast broadband already – meaning upload speeds of 5-20 mbs and download speeds of 30-80mbs

    • The Zone is investing in ultrafast broadband network for those companies that need to access that level of capacity.

 

  • Soft landing package

    • We will help you to link into key private and public sector individuals, organisations and agencies covering your investment needs. These include:

      • Herefordshire Council’s Economic Development team which provides information on grants, business support and advice

      • The Herefordshire Recruitment Team which brings together the National Apprenticeship Service, Herefordshire Council and DWP to offer you a bespoke service to fill your jobs Link to Joined up for Jobs

      • Herefordshire Business Board which brings together leading business people from across the county

      • Chamber of Commerce and Federation of Small Businesses

      • UK Trade and Investment

    • We will help you to reconfigure your supply chain

    • We are committed to assisting your company to successfully invest in Hereford and will tailor our support package to meet your needs.