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Saturday, 01 November 2014

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£1.3m Cumbria jobs boost

Twenty-six jobs will be created and protected after three west Cumbrian businesses unveiled £1m expansion plans.

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Building the economy: From left, Iain Hook, of Britain’s Energy Coast, Paul and Daniel Mossop, both of Jacksons Timber and Brian Hough, NDA socio-economic manager

The companies, based in Whitehaven and Wigton, have been awarded nearly £200,000 in grants allowing them to create and safeguard 26 positions and invest more than £1.3m into expanding their facilities.

The cash comes from the Britain’s Energy Coast (BEC) Investing in Business programme which uses £5.6m of funding from the Government and the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA).

Tweddle Engineering will put its £83,000 share towards its £300,000 scheme to expand its workshop facilities near Wigton – creating five new jobs and securing four existing roles.

Whitehaven firm Jacksons Timber was awarded £80,000 to help with its plans to open a new £1m depot at Calder Bridge, which will create seven jobs and safeguard one. McGrady Engineering will invest its £28,000 in a new £83,000 plant and equipment to grow its site in Whitehaven.

BEC, which supports economic development, says its latest round of funding will help local business expand and create jobs while unlocking more than £1m of private sector investment.

Derek Tweddle, director of Tweddle Engineering, said the funding is “crucial” in allowing it to increase its capabilities.

Jacksons Timber boss Paul Mossop said the firm’s Calder Bridge development is important due to its location near Sellafield, providing a base to serve site contractors.

And George McGrady, director of McGrady Engineering, revealed that the company has had to turn down a lot of business due to capacity constraints over the last 18 months.

“The funding from BEC combined with our recent factory extension will put us in a great position to service this work and grow our business, creating and saving nine jobs,” he added.

Brian Hough, the NDA’s socio-economic manager, said the programme will help build a “more prosperous” west Cumbria.

Councillor Hugh Branney, Copeland’s portfolio holder for community regeneration, added: “This means businesses can invest and take on more work, which is good for them and the economy.

“We would encourage more businesses to look into the benefits of applying for this kind of financial help.”

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