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Hereford Enterprise Zone appoints MD as interest in the development grows

The Hereford Enterprise Zone board is pleased to announce the appointment of a Managing Director to the Hereford Enterprise Zone (HEZ). The appointment has been made as a result of early success in generating interest in the site – over 50 businesses have expressed an interest in locating to the new facility.

Mark Pearce will be joining HEZ as Managing Director from 1st July, 2012.  He comes from a senior role at Advantage West Midlands.  His goal is to manage the development of the new Skylon Park and he will be supported progressively by a full team of staff and specialist partner organisations.

Members of the HEZ board, have paid tribute to chairman of the board, Ray Stone, who has stepped down from the role.* 

Since the announcement that the area had been selected as one of the new Enterprise Zones announced by Government across the UK last year, Ray, a well-known local business leader, has worked tirelessly to drive the scheme forward, all on a voluntary basis.

“Ray has been a great ambassador for the Zone – we wouldn’t be where we are without his drive and ambition and the enthusiasm he has brought to the scheme,” said the leader of Herefordshire Council, Councillor John Jarvis.

“He has a wealth of knowledge and experience which has brought tremendous focus to the creation of the Enterprise Zone.  His hard work over the past eight months has laid the foundations for a successful future.  We are enormously grateful for all the voluntary work he has undertaken on our behalf.

“We are delighted to be able to make our first significant appointment and look forward to welcoming Mark to the HEZ in July.  As the project develops, further appointments will be made to help build upon the successful start-up Ray has developed.”

Earlier this year it was announced that the Enterprise Zone would be called Skylon Park – named after the iconic creation of local company Painter Bros for the 1951 Festival of Britain.  In order to preserve and bring back to life existing historic munitions buildings, the board has sanctioned a feasibility study to explore whether a small, ‘Heritage Quarter’ could be created within the development.