Cash boost for digital project

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A FORMER regeneration boss has secured funding for a pioneering digital project to boost trade as the district’s business parks.

Community interest company RCP21, headed by Mohan De Silva, will carry out research into mobile digital platforms to help companies communicate and share resources.

The company has secured part of a £1.8m investment from the government-backed Technology Strategy Board to fund a research programme at RCP21’s base at Langthwaite Business Park in South Kirkby.

Mr De Silva, who was head of development agency Wakefield first, said: “RCP21 is delighted to have secured this significant funding award and to play a part in the drive to ensure that innovative digital projects are developed within the region.

“Now more than ever, UK and European businesses need to continue to strive towards efficiencies and high resource utilisation

“Our aim is to create a platform that enables this to happen and the fact that this is taking place in South Kirkby provides a significant boost to Wakefield’s reputation for pioneering work.”

RCP21, which was formed in 2011, has already worked with companies including Coca Cola, Haribo, Morrisons and The Ice Company at district business parks.

The success of its funding bid was welcomed by Wakefield Council leader Peter Box.

He said: “Wakefield Council is developing a reputation for forward-thinking policies and supporting partners which take an innovative approach to business.

“This is an example of a Wakefield community-focused company succeeding in a highly competitive and unique environment, and I am certain the benefit will be seen in this district and beyond.”