PLANS to lure millions of pounds in business investment to Colchester have won praise from a Government boss. 

Local Government Secretary Sajid Javid spoke at the launch of the Colchester Ambassadors initiative yesterday. 

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Mr Javid, who had the final say over the controversial Tollgate Village plans, told the delegation: "Colchester is leading the way in business.

"The jobs that are being created and the speed at which they are being created and the opportunities they are opening up... I have seen that and my colleagues in Government have seen that."

He added: "There are a lot of growth opportunities around the country and, in Colchester, you are on the front foot - especially with your work on the garden villages.

"This is something I will be taking a close interest in."