BUSINESSES throughout South Somerset are set to benefit after AgustaWestland are awarded two contracts worth a total of £760million. 

It was announced today that the Yeovil-based helicopter company has won the two UK Ministry of Defence contracts. 

The contracts will see the conversion of 25 Merlin helicopters for maritime operations and to provide delivery of the successful Apache Integrated Operational Support and maintenance services for the UK’s Attack Helicopter force for five years. 

Yeovil MP David Laws welcomed the news. 

He said: "Today’s announcement is a boost for our local economy, and good news for the rest of the UK. 

"I welcome the decision of the MoD to award AgustaWestland these two contracts, we can be really proud of the manufacturing quality in our area.

"I want to congratulate all those at AgustaWestland who have helped to win this important contract, which will secure hundreds of jobs for people at AgustaWestland and in the supply chain throughout the region."