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Green Revolution: Bridgwater Chamber Cheers Gigafactory Investment

Wednesday 19th July, 2023

The Bridgwater Chamber of Commerce is thrilled to welcome the announcement of Tata Group’s decision to build a groundbreaking gigafactory in Bridgwater, Somerset. This landmark agreement marks a significant stride towards a green, low-carbon future, and solidifies Bridgwater’s position as the business growth capital of Somerset.

The new gigafactory, to be located at the Gravity Smart Campus, brings a transformative opportunity to the region and the UK as a whole. With a focus on advanced battery manufacturing, the facility will play a vital role in decarbonising transport and electrifying the country, aligning perfectly with the nation’s ambitions to promote clean growth and combat climate change.

This investment is set to create up to 4,000 on site jobs, contributing to the local economy and providing a huge boost to the workforce in Bridgwater and surrounding areas. With the potential for thousands of additional jobs in the wider supply chain, the gigafactory’s impact on employment opportunities is substantial, driving prosperity and economic growth.

Diogo Rodrigues, Manager of Bridgwater Chamber of Commerce, expressed his enthusiasm stating, “We are delighted by Tata Group’s decision to invest in Bridgwater and build the gigafactory at the Gravity Smart Campus. This move signifies a tremendous vote of confidence in our region’s potential as a hub for green innovation and sustainable business practices.”

Diogo Rodrigues further emphasised, “The gigafactory’s arrival reinforces Bridgwater’s position on the map as the go-to destination for forward-thinking businesses seeking a platform to thrive in a low-carbon economy. We look forward to the opportunities this will create for existing businesses, as well as the attraction of new ventures to our vibrant community.”

The investment in Bridgwater showcases the region’s commitment to fostering a skilled workforce. With nearby universities, research institutions, and Bridgwater & Taunton College, the gigafactory project will support workforce development and provide opportunities for education and training, ensuring a pipeline of talent to meet the needs of the evolving economy.

The Bridgwater Chamber is optimistic about the potential supply chain opportunities that will arise as a result of this gigafactory development and expects local businesses to benefit from collaboration with Tata Group and Jaguar Land Rover, enriching the region’s industrial landscape and promoting sustainable growth.

We look forward to working closely with Tata Group, local stakeholders, and government bodies to maximise the positive impact of this investment and usher in a new era of green business growth, firmly establishing Bridgwater as a key player in the UK’s journey towards a cleaner, more sustainable future.

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