A Mini recovery

PRODRIVE, one of Banbury's flagship employers, is returning to the sport with which it is synonymous.

The Wildmere Road engineering firm will again pit its wits in the World Rally Championship after a deal was struck with the iconic Mini marque.

It is as sure an indicator yet that the region is well on the way to economic recovery after motoring and motorsport firms across the area were brought to their knees less than two years ago.

Up to 30 new jobs will be created with Prodrive's rallying return, 18 months after 184 employees at the firm were told they were to lose their positions when Subaru – whose rally team the Banbury firm ran – cut its ties with the sport altogether.

For the full story see today's Banbury Guardian.