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Agratas to update Somerset residents on plans for construction at Gravity site

Agratas, Tata’s global battery business is holding its first community events with local residents in Somerset, inviting everyone who lives locally to meet the team behind Britain’s biggest battery cell manufacturing facility at the Gravity site, near Bridgwater.

As part of its community-first approach, Agratas is inviting the local community, council members and students to five events held over four days (detailed below).

Attendees will have the chance to hear about the company’s plans for the state-of-the-art facility, ask questions, share feedback, and understand more about what will happen over the next few years as the site starts to take shape.

The events culminate with the chance for residents and Bridgwater & Taunton College students to hear directly from CEO Tom Flack, and specialists in Agratas’ Strategy, R&D, Sustainability and Operations teams, about the company’s cutting-edge battery technologies and the jobs that will be created locally.

  • 10am – 12noon, Saturday, April 27 – Bitham Walk Hall, Woolavington
  • 30pm – 4.30pm, Saturday, April 27- Puriton Sports Centre
  • 5pm – 8pm, Tuesday, April 30 – Bridgwater and Taunton College (Bridgwater campus)
  • 6pm – 8pm, Wednesday, May 1 – Puriton Village Hall
  • 6pm – 8pm, Thursday, May 2 – Bitham Walk Hall, Woolavington

Agratas is working closely with Bridgwater & Taunton College and other local and regional partners including Somerset Council to design bespoke education and training programmes in the region and deliver local jobs for local people.

Across all five events, residents interested in job opportunities can hear more about this and meet the Agratas team to learn about the diverse range of opportunities to work in the battery sector.

The facility itself will create up to 4,000 high-skilled green tech jobs in the area, with thousands more expected to be created in the UK supply chain.

Tom Flack, CEO, Agratas, said: “We’ve received a warm welcome since announcing that we’ll be making Somerset our home. We know everyone is keen to hear more about our plans to get going onsite, the types of jobs that will be created and when those opportunities will start to be available.

“The whole team is looking forward to engaging with students and Somerset residents, and to building a long-term partnership that will turn this region into an advanced manufacturing centre of excellence, fit for the future.”

These events follow confirmation in February by Agratas that it will build a new battery cell manufacturing facility at the Gravity Smart Campus near Bridgwater, Somerset. Phased construction works will begin later this year.

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