New £1.9million centre open for business

He will be joined by councillors and senior officers from Cumbria County Council at the centre built on the site of the former British Industrial Plastics (BIP) factory on the southern gateway to the town centre A596 including economic development portfolio holder Tony Markley and environment corporate director Marie Fallon.

Journalists and photographers are invited to the opening for photo and interview opportunities at 11.45am (Wednesday December 9).

Providing 30 units for a wide variety of small and medium sized businesses at a convenient location on the A596 south of Maryport town centre the site offers secure, managed, energy efficient accommodation for uses ranging from light industry to high-tech office and is entirely on ground level, with ample car parking and delivery space available.

The 30 units are made up of six studio and 24 industrial units and the building has been designed to be flexible with walls that can be easily moved to make the industrial units larger or smaller, subject to demand.

Elements of the old BIP factory, which closed in the mid 1990s, have even been retained in the architecture of the new building to maintain a link with Maryport’s industrial past but with a view towards West Cumbria’s future as Britain’s Energy Coast™.

The business centre has been made possible thanks to £650,000 worth of funding from Britain’s Energy Coast™ West Cumbria, via the Northwest Regional Development Agency, £950,000 from the European Regional Development Fund and £300,000 from the West Cumbria Development Fund.

Councillor Tony Markley, Cumbria County Council’s cabinet member for economic development, said: "This new business centre is going to play a very important role in providing jobs and will be a boost not only to the economy of Maryport, but to west Cumbria as a whole.

"It’s ideal for either new businesses or established companies looking to relocate and it’s in a great location.

"Encouraging enterprise locally and providing businesses with the facilities they need to prosper is going to be key to negotiating Cumbria’s economy through the recession."

Steven Broomhead said: "I am delighted to officially open Maryport Business Centre which will provide the sort of high quality business units which are in demand here.

"The centre will attract inward investment by providing space for new businesses to develop, and gives existing businesses in west Cumbria the type of accommodation they need in order to grow. Ultimately it will help to deliver stronger businesses and create new jobs."

Ron Simpson, Project Manager at Britain’s Energy Coast™ West Cumbria, which projects managed the development, said: "The opening of Maryport Business Centre marks the culmination of a huge amount of work to bring this once eyesore sight into meaningful economic use. It has been built to provide much-needed high quality business space in the Maryport and we are now looking forward to the first enterprises moving in. It is another example of a local project helping to create the bigger Energy Coast picture for West Cumbria and build a brighter and more prosperous future for businesses and communities alike."

Tim Hirst, West Cumbria Development Fund’s Chief Executive, added: "We are pleased to help finance the construction of this excellent Business Centre at Maryport. It provides attractive, practical premises that are ready to accommodate businesses and jobs in West Cumbria. These new premises should be seen as another tangible expression of confidence in the future prosperity of this important area of the county."

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