Brexit uncertainty is showing no signs of impacting bosses at a Carlisle business park.

Despite the question marks over Britain’s future in the European Union, Kingmoor Park is continuing to thrive.

The news emerged in response to a question by Carlisle City Council’s Independent leader Jack Paton about the effect of Britain’s protracted exit.

A meeting of the Economic Growth Scrutiny Panel heard that local, national and international businesses had not been put off using the site as a base, although what Britain’s future relationship will look like remains unclear.

Tony Goddard, non-executive director of Kingmoor Park, said: “We haven’t seen any changes whatsoever in the level of enquiries and that’s the only way we can gauge it.

“Who knows where it’s going to go? It changes every time I pick the paper up. I’m really not paying a lot of attention to it, and I don’t think a lot of businesses do either.

“Life has to go on and none of us, whichever way we voted, can have any kind of bearing on the situation.

“It’s completely out of our hands. As far as Kingmoor Park is concerned, we are doing what we did before and a lot of the businesses we deal with are doing what they did before. They can’t afford to stand still.”

The site, Cumbria’s only enterprise zone, hosts more than 130 businesses with the number of jobs at the site reaching 2,500 this month.

The meeting heard that 90 per cent of growth is locally-driven. Among the companies there is CAD Works Engineering Ltd, which designs and builds heavy-duty machinery for a UK and global market.

Meanwhile, DSD construction has secured planning permission to build its headquarters there, while Sytner (Mercedes Benz) has got the go ahead to build a new car showroom, safeguarding 50 jobs.

Garry Legg, the council’s Investment and Policy Manager, said that a temporary rate relief scheme offered an incentive for new businesses to come onto the site, some of which were now expanding their operations.

He added: “There’s very strong evidence that this is driving interest in the site and driving deals. After five years hopefully those businesses are still there and paying rates.

“When you start to look at those business which are getting rate relief in five years’ time you should see a surge of rates coming in. I don’t think we are looking too long term before we see a return.

“Mercedes will be good rate payer and that will go straight into the business rates account and contribute quite significantly to growth.”

Plans have also been lodged to create an 18,000sq ft business village out of reused shipping containers.