AN East of England MEP will be taking a tour of East Cambridgeshire next week to see how businesses and infrastructure in the district are helping the economy grow.

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Geoffrey Van Orden MEP, who campaigned for £3.2 million of EU funding to help with Network Rail upgrade project Ely Loops, will be meeting a number of companies including Forces Recruitment, 3T and Inertia at e-space North and South business centres on October 19.

The two centres are run by East Cambridgeshire District Council and e-space north, Littleport received EU Funding in 2001.

During his visit Mr Van Orden will be accompanied by members of East Cambridgeshire District Council as he learns how the district is working to lead the region’s economic recovery.

The MEP, who sits on the European Parliament’s Transport Committee, said: “I am really looking forward to seeing for myself how businesses in East Cambridgeshire are making a difference in the East of England.

“Cambridgeshire has huge potential to deliver economic growth in our country but it needs to be supported by infrastructure. This is where money we can secure from Europe can make a real difference from improving transport links to helping to support local businesses.”

Cllr Peter Moakes, leader of East Cambridgeshire District Council, said: “We will be welcoming Mr Van Orden at a time when our district is putting in place the key building blocks for success.

“Whether it is seeing how companies are thriving in our business centres to hearing how major infrastructure schemes are progressing – we have a lot of great things happening in East Cambridgeshire.”

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