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Autumn Statement reaction

Moves by the Chancellor to boost UK’s housing and construction sector have been welcomed by the boss of leading Shropshire building firm Pave Aways.

Steven Owen, managing director of the Knockin-based company, said Jeremy Hunt’s Autumn Statement included some positive announcements.

He said: “I wholeheartedly welcome the Chancellor’s focus on business and growth, particularly business tax cuts and the extension of the “full expensing” tax relief scheme which is vital to support investment.

“The creation of an Investment Zone focused on Wrexham will bring a big boost to North East Wales and the 110 measures to drive growth will bring a huge boost for the many small Shropshire and Mid Wales contractors and businesses which make up our supply chain.

“We are passionate about supporting and developing the economy of our local community and I am delighted the Chancellor has recognised the need to help this vital sector.

“I also welcome the changes to the planning system announced in the Autumn Statement. The country needs new homes and we need to get the property market moving again, so anything which removes barriers to planning and development is a positive move.”

Pave Aways, which has offices in Knockin near Oswestry, Newtown in Powys and Wrexham, began life in 1973 as a groundworks contractor before expanding into a full-service design and construction business.

It works on a wide variety of developments from residential schemes to multi-million pound new build and refurbishment projects across a wide range of sectors, with clients ranging from local authorities and health boards and hospitals to education providers.