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Plans for 9m glass-making centre

Glass-making
Up to 30 jobs will be created as part of the project

More than 9m is going into a project designed to revive a traditional industry in a Black Country town.

The Stourbridge Glasshouse Development in Wollaston Road is designed to boost the area's internationally-famous glass-making tradition.

The brownfield site development will include a visitors' attraction, glassware shops, training courses and will create more than 30 jobs.

Work will begin in summer 2009 and is expected to be finished by autumn 2011.

Twenty-four new and refurbished business units will be built at the site and will be rented by the hour by glassworkers and artists.

Redundant glassmakers will be taken on to work with young people to ensure the skills survive throughout future generations.

'Creating opportunities'

The announcement coincides with the International Glass Festival, which is being run in the town until Monday.

Those behind the project said they hoped it would encourage more businesses to the area.

The 9m funding has come from regional development agency Advantage West Midlands (AWM).

Dr Richard Hutchins, of AWM, said: "This investment is about creating opportunities in Stourbridge.

"We have low levels of self-employment and skills in the Black Country so this development will be a key factor in addressing these issues."


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