Chancellor George Osborne backs Dyson's Malmesbury HQ £250m expansion bid

Chancellor George Osborne backs Dyson's Malmesbury HQ £250m expansion bid

Chancellor George Osborne

Sir James Dyson

North Wiltshire MP James Gray

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Chancellor George Osborne has backed the £250 million plan by Dyson to expand its Malmesbury HQ after being invited to comment by North Wiltshire MP James Gray.

The company - known for its hi-tech vacuum cleaners, hand driers and fans - submitted plans yesterday for the first phase of its £250m expansion.

Eventually the huge development, which was originally unveiled in January, could create 3,000 jobs. 

Speaking during Questions to the Chancellor of the Exchequer in the House of Commons yesterday, Mr Gray said: “Will the Chancellor join me in warmly welcoming this morning’s announcement that Dyson is to invest £250 million in expanding its headquarters in Malmesbury in my constituency and intends to employ 3,000 more people, 2,000 of whom will be high-quality engineers, designers and a large number of apprentices?”

“Does he agree that that is hard evidence that that shrewd operator Sir James Dyson has every possible confidence in the Chancellor’s long-term economic plan?”

Responding, Mr Osborne welcomed Dyson’s announcement, and said that he had previously asked Dyson how to bring commercial success across the country.

He said: “The jobs being created by Dyson at Malmesbury are excellent news.

"Many people will know Dyson’s products, but its facility at Malmesbury, which I have visited, is fantastic.”

“We went to James Dyson to ask how we could replicate some of that success elsewhere in our economy.

"He came forward with proposals—which became our innovation and catapult centres—to bring applied science to commercial success.

"We are building on the success of Dyson, not just for the people of North Wiltshire, but for the whole country.”

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2:20pm Thu 1 May 14

Jon-exe says...

I do think that this is great news for the local economy, although I do have a concern about local infrastructure. The local primary schools are already over-subscribed, with children only a couple of miles away from the school are being forced to leave their friends and travel 5 miles of more out of town to get a place.

The land allocated for new housing in Malmesbury is right next to Dyson, which is turn is practically next to the primary school. With a greater population density just down the road from the primary school has anyone thought about the impact on school places for current residents with the ever decreasing catchment area this will create.
I do think that this is great news for the local economy, although I do have a concern about local infrastructure. The local primary schools are already over-subscribed, with children only a couple of miles away from the school are being forced to leave their friends and travel 5 miles of more out of town to get a place. The land allocated for new housing in Malmesbury is right next to Dyson, which is turn is practically next to the primary school. With a greater population density just down the road from the primary school has anyone thought about the impact on school places for current residents with the ever decreasing catchment area this will create. Jon-exe
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