YNYS Môn MP Virginia Crosbie yesterday hosted members of the Anglesey Freeport Bidding Consortium for an update meeting following the release of the Welsh Freeport Bidding Prospectus earlier this month.

The Consortium, which she established two years ago, comprises local businesses, organisations and authorities who will be helping to build Anglesey’s bid for freeport status.

The deadline to pitch to be a freeport and receive £26million of UK and Welsh Government funding is November 24.

Mrs Crosbie has backed a freeport on the island since she her election, saying the tax and investment advantages would bring high-quality jobs and companies.

Having spoken on the matter in Parliament on a number of occasions, she has pushed both the UK and Welsh governments to release the prospectus that kicked off the process.

The bid is being led by Stena Line, working with Anglesey County Council, local colleges, Holyhead Town Council, Mrs Crosbie and other Anglesey businesses.


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More than 40 businesses and stakeholders were invited to the meeting at Stena’s Holyhead office, including Menter Môn, Môn CF, Conygar, Holyhead Mayor, Holyhead Towing, Holyhead Marine, North Wales Economic Ambition Board, Grŵp Llandrillo Menai and Minesto.

“This was a positive meeting of the great and good who are all really enthusiastic about this bid and how it could transform our island if we get it,” said Mrs Crosbie.

“We must all now work together to make sure the best bid goes in. This is not a political issue, this is an issue that is vital to our island’s future for generations. It means jobs and investment and it means we can ensure our young do not need to leave to find work.

“I stand ready, as does everyone who loves the island, to make this work for the good of Ynys Môn and to put politics aside.

“This is not in the bag yet. We have to work for it and I know everyone involved will do an excellent job. In return, I will do everything I can to get a freeport here on Anglesey.”

Ian Hampton Executive Director Stena Line said: “I am delighted that Virginia Crosbie MP will continue in her role as the chairperson of the Anglesey Freeport Bidding Consortium. This is an integral position in securing Stena Line’s application which will ultimately benefit the entire community of Anglesey.

“If successful the Freeport will provide opportunities for businesses, people and the community throughout Anglesey.”

Dafydd Evans CEO Grŵp Llandrillo Menai said: "I am very pleased that Virginia Crosbie MP as chair of the Anglesey Freeport Bidding Consortium has invited Grŵp Llandrillo Menai to be members. The Freeport could be a wonderful opportunity to ignite the economy."

Local businesses who would like to be involved with the bid process are invited to contact Virginia by email at virginia.crosbie.mp@parliament.uk.