A VISIT vital to the future for hundreds of new jobs is set for Thursday.

Representatives from the Georgian government and Georgian aerospace company Tiblisi Aerospace are visiting the Rotherwas Enterprise Zone - now branded Skylon Park - with view to building an advanced manufacturing plant in the city.

The Hereford Times has reported on months of international negotiations that have Tiblisi Aerospace actively considering Hereford as a UK base.

A Rotherwas plant would make components for a new small passenger jet with a target market in Eastern Europe.

Thursday’s visit represents the next stage in negotiations with Herefordshire Council as landowner of the site.

Bill Jackson, Chair of Hereford Enterprise Zone Board said the visit brought “more certainty” to the company’s investment in Hereford.

“Not only will this investment brings many jobs into the city but will also provide an apprenticeship school for around 70 apprentices a year, and will provide the necessary skills and training to support the operation,” he said.