£1.3m Cumbria jobs boost
Last updated at 11:46, Tuesday, 08 October 2013
Twenty-six jobs will be created and protected after three west Cumbrian businesses unveiled £1m expansion plans.
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.”
First published at 11:30, Tuesday, 08 October 2013
Published by http://www.newsandstar.co.uk
Have your say
- Keith Curle named as new Carlisle United boss (38 comments)
- Scotland says 'No' to independence (29 comments)
- Children find drug needles in Cumbrian alleyway (7 comments)
- University of Cumbria among most gay-friendly in UK (13 comments)
- Car park in Cumbrian town to close for a month (13 comments)
- X-Factor star's Carlisle gig cancelled (16 comments)
- Carlisle Utd in crisis after equalling worst run ever (56 comments)
- Whitehaven appoint new boss (12 comments)
- Worried Scots opening bank accounts in Carlisle (48 comments)
- £1bn tidal lagoon could be built off Cumbrian coast (46 comments)
Court & crime
- It’s all gone south for us northeners (13 comments)
- Represent us on parking charges (2 comments)
- Take a bite out of me, me, me (4 comments)
- Cumbria: outdoors theme park or sprawling retirement village (2 comments)
- More Mark Green
|NEWS & STAR ON:|
- Scottish independence: Cumbria border posts warning if yes vote (105 comments)
- Carlisle Utd boss Graham Kavanagh sacked (74 comments)
- Keith Curle in pole position to become Carlisle Utd boss (56 comments)
- Ex-Liverpool ace on bookies list to become new Carlisle Utd boss (57 comments)
- Carlisle 'receptive' to UKIP, reveals new study (54 comments)