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Saturday, 26 July 2014

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Thirty new jobs at Cumbrian timber mill

Thirty jobs are being created by BSW Timber at its mill at Cargo, near Carlisle.

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George Osborne, centre, at BSW Timber with BSW Timber chief executive Tony Hackney, left

The company announced the news as Chancellor George Osborne visited the site yesterday as part of a two-day visit to the city.

He also saw Cranston’s new food hall at Orton Grange and was due to address a business breakfast hosted by Carlisle MP John Stevenson this morning.

BSW already employs 148 people at Cargo.

It is investing £70m over five years at its six UK sawmills.

Another 30 jobs will be created at Dalbeattie in Dumfries and Galloway. The company is adding an extra shift at Cargo, allowing the mill to operate round the clock during the week.

Mr Osborne met BSW’s chief executive Tony Hackney, chairman Martin Gale and spoke to first-year apprentices Stephen Bolton and Chris Royal when he toured the site.

Mr Hackney said the company, which supplies builders merchants and DIY chains, had seen an upturn in business.

He said: “There’s been a distinct change in the market.

“We have invested throughout the period of low economic activity and that has placed us very well for the upturn.”

Mr Osborne said that the new jobs at BSW were another sign that the economy was on the mend.

He said: “We see jobs being created at successful businesses like this and we see in Carlisle a real ambition to grow and create jobs.

“John Stevenson is right at the heart of that with his skills fair and support for local businesses.”

Earlier in the day Mr Osborne had lunch at the Gilded Lily in Carlisle city centre.

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