Businesses have been telling the Secretary of State for Wales, David Jones MP, that times are still tough.
Car giant firm Toyota is celebrating 20 years of manufacturing at its plant on Deeside. The North Wales plant employs more than 500 people.
Firefighters have been battling this afternoon to bring a fire at the Ifor Williams Trailer distribution factory on Deeside under control.
Plans to transform the former Corus site on Deeside in Flintshire have been approved by councillors this afternoon.
The so-called Northern Gateway Development claims it will create over 2,000 jobs and will see the creation of a technology park, hotel and shopping centre, as well as hundreds of homes.
Plans to regenerate the old Corus site on Deeside will bring about a "series of significant benefits", according to Flintshire Council's Head of Planning.
Andrew Farrow expects the scheme to bring over 4,000 permanent and temporary jobs to the area:
– Andrew Farrow, Flintshire Council
"The proposed development has the potential to bring about a series of significant benefits in terms of housing provision, employment opportunities and community infrastructure...It is expected that the scheme will deliver 2,800 temporary construction jobs and 2,169 permanent jobs. It will deliver a range of housing type to meet local needs and consequentially there will be additional demand for local services supporting local regeneration."
The multi-million pound plans to build 600 houses, a hotel and a shopping centre will be decided upon in a meeting today.
A meeting will take place later to decide whether to push ahead with multi-million pound plans to regenerate the old Corus site on Deeside.
The plans include building 600 houses over a twelve year period, a business and technology park, hotel and a shopping centre. Over 2000 jobs would be created.
Other features of the development include a parkland, footpaths, cyclepaths and improved flood defences.
Opponents to the plans have raised concerns over privacy issues and increased traffic to the area.
Japanese car giant Toyota has announced 70 new jobs at its plant on Deeside.
The operation, which employs over 500, makes engines for the firm's Avensis and Auris cars.
Last September the company marked 20 years of manufacturing in North Wales.
Toyota is celebrating its' 20th Anniversary on Deeside.
The engine plant began manufacturing in 1992 and now employs more than 500 people.
Richard Kenworthy is the Director at Toyota's Engine Plant at Deeside, and he spoke to our Business Correspondent Carole Green about the challenges and highlights of the past 20 years.
A spokesperson for a Deeside trailer manufacturer says production will resume as soon as possible following a fire earlier today.
The main production area at Ifor Williams Trailers on the Deeside Industrial Estate is largely unaffected.
– Ifor Williams Trailers spokesperson
The most important thing is that all 70 members of staff were evacuated safely from the building. We are grateful to the emergency services for their prompt response and for their efforts in tackling the fire. The fire has been put out by the fire service who are on standby duty. We will work closely with them to identify the cause. In the meantime we are carrying out a full assessment of the damage.
North Wales Fire and Rescue Service say they are dealing with a fire on the Deeside Industrial Estate.
A spokesperson said crews were called to the incident in a building on 4th Avenue, Deeside Industrial Estate, at 12.58pm.
Eyewitnesses have described hearing loud bangs from the Ifor Williams Trailers factory. They say there were large clouds of thick black smoke, but that the fire is now largely under control.
Appliances from Deeside, Buckley, Mold, Holywell, Wrexham and St Asaph, as well as the Aerial Ladder Platform, the Environmental Protection Unit and the Incident Command Unit, were all sent to deal with the fire.