Bolton could be in bid to form base of £800m ARIA

bolt on The city could be at the heart of the UK’s plans to become the world’s leading science superpower, with an £800 million research center developed.

Bolton MP Mark Logan is pressuring the government to set up his new Advanced Research and Invention Agency (ARIA) in the borough.

Bolton North East MP asked Business Secretary Quasi Quarteng: “What role could Bolton play in ARIA?”

The government has already promised to spread departments across the UK – north of the treasury jobs expected in the coming years.

Mr. Logan set things in motion in July when he invited Mr. Quarteng to Bolton for the first time to see the Samuel Crompton exhibit at the Bolton Museum.

He explained: “There’s a real energy looking at the city and its 19th-century history, as well as the impact of the Industrial Revolution.

“You only have to look at someone like Samuel Crompton and his inventions to see that it’s in Bolton’s DNA to be innovative.”

Last month, Chancellor Rishi Sunak pledged to invest £800m over the next five years in ARIA – a new body that will fund “high-risk, high-reward” technologies.

The idea behind Mr. Logan’s bid to put Bolton forward is to help broader communities, where scientists can identify and rapidly fund science and technology programs at the local level.

Mount Logan said: “We didn’t have the opportunities we should have had for the people of Bolton.

“We need to find new and creative ways to make sure we are helping the wider community and economy to improve the quality of life for families, which is very important.”

Another impetus behind this is to encourage more and more young people to start careers in STEM – science, technology, engineering and math.

The MP visited Sharples School last year, where he visited their STEM centre, the ‘Super Classroom and Observatory’.

It was here that he saw ARIA as an opportunity for Bolton to benefit from more of these centres.

He continued: “As a nation we need to do more to bring the next generation into STEM disciplines that lead to working positions.

“This will be another first-class example of tangible leveling, and in Bolton, we need it more than other places.”

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