Monday March 27th, 2023
Collaboration key to Freeport success
Anglesey-based social enterprise, Menter Môn welcomes the announcement by UK government this week that Holyhead is to become a Freeport.
In a bid led by the Isle of Anglesey County Council and through close collaboration with local businesses and stakeholders, Morlais tidal energy and the Holyhead Hydrogen Hub, both Menter Môn projects, were recognised as crucial components of the successful application.
Dafydd Gruffydd is Managing Director of Menter Môn, he said: “This is great news for Anglesey as a whole and we are pleased to have played our part in securing the new status. Our Morlais and Hydrogen Hub projects have the potential to transform the local economy, generating new jobs and investment opportunities in the region as well as putting Anglesey on the map in terms of renewables and innovative solutions to green energy generation. The new freeports status can help ensure that both developments achieve their potential.”
John Idris Jones, a director with Morlais and Menter Môn said: “We hope that freeport status will ensure that production work linked to Morlais can take place locally in the Holyhead area and will put work already taking place here on a more solid footing. Our hope is that it will encourage companies and developers we work with to establish local operations bringing with them much needed new investment. It also puts the town and area on the map in terms of hydrogen production, opening up opportunities for future innovation here on the island.”
Dafydd Gruffydd added: “We are committed to working with partners across the public and private sectors to deliver benefits from the Freeport staus, to drive innovation and growth in the region. With our unique combination of natural resources, skilled workforce, and strategic location, Ynys Môn is poised to become a leading player in the UK’s Freeport network, and Menter Môn is proud to be a part of this exciting journey.”