More than 150 people gathered at Kingmoor Park on Friday 14th December, to celebrate the latest expansion at the business park. The event featured guest speakers including Carlisle MP John Stevenson, Henri Murison from the Northern Powerhouse, and Carlisle City Council’s economic development director, Jane Meek.

Guests arrived at the brand new Unit N at Kingmoor Park Central for breakfast, before a talk on the new expansion, as well as hearing plans for the future.

Unit N is part of a development comprising 19 newly built, high spec units that were recently completed through funding by Kingmoor Park Properties Limited and European Development Funding (ERDF).

Tenants at Kingmoor Park were also given the opportunity to showcase their products including Enesco, Cubby Construction, Ascott Transport Limited and Explosive Productions.
Serving up a range of tasty treats were Lakeland Bake, a specialist crumpet manufacturer, who have made crumpets within their production facility at Kingmoor Park for over 10 years.

Brian Scowcroft, Kingmoor Park’s owner and board chairman, said: “The event is a definite milestone for all of us who have played a part in the Kingmoor Park success story over the last 20 years or so. Many of these individuals and organisations were represented; from our tenants including one-man bands to major household names as well as stakeholders and members of the public and private sectors.

“Carlisle, like Kingmoor Park, is unrecognisable from the site’s creation nearly 20 years ago but there is still much more we can do to build on that success. The speakers highlighted the opportunities that the future holds and how we can make them a reality for the economic health of the area”.

Following the event, Carlisle MP John Stevenson told the News & Star: “It’s a tremendous day. In many respects, it links in with the growth of the city, Kingmoor Park started 20 years ago with nothing here, it worked in partnership with the councils and government, and now 20 years later, it is employing thousands of people, its got nearly 200 businesses here, and its got a vision for the next 20 years.
“At the same time, we have also seen our city develop and grow. So I think it is very symbolic that we are here to recognise what’s happened over 20 years, but more importantly, look to the future.”

The scheme has also received praise from Henri Murison, director of the Northern Powerhouse partnership.
Henri added: “What’s been achieved at Kingmoor Park is an example of the private and public sectors working together, to bring this site forward to create 2,000 jobs, with the aspiration to create as many as 5,000 in the next 10 years.
“It is fantastic for Carlisle, but its also evidence for the type of ambition the Borderlands Growth Deal could help unlock across Cumbria, Dumfries and Galloway, the Scottish Borders and Northumberland.
“Its why the Government should get behind this package of investment, the hundreds of millions this would bring across the Borderlands region, would give Carlisle the strong sustainable future it has as a major capital in the Northern Powerhouse, both for here and the south of Scotland - driving forward the economy.”

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