Regional growth fund bid events

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THE second round of bidding for the Government’s Regional Growth Fund is being promoted with a series of roadshows.

Lord Heseltine kicked them off in Margate, Kent, yesterday to encourage bidders to compete for a share of £950m.

The Kent roadshow is the closest they will come to Hampshire businesses.

Lord Heseltine is chairman of the Independent Advisory Panel, which will consider all bids for funding and make recommendations to ministers, about which should be supported.

The second round of bidding will close at midday on July 1.