Parcel giant UPS opens depot on Carlisle's Kingmoor Park
A second leading international parcel firm has opened a depot on Carlisle’s Kingmoor Park in a jobs boost for the city.
UPS, the largest express carrier and package delivery company in the world, this week moved into a unit on the industrial estate in a £400,000 deal.
The contract negotiated by local property consultants Carigiet Cowen is one of the biggest lettings deal in the north west this year, according to property guide Estates Gazette.
New jobs are expected to be created by the company, which has already begun trading from the new site. UPS will close its two other Carlisle depots at Dentonholme and Durranhill.
The deal is another coup for the seemingly recession-proof Kingmoor Park. European delivery giant Geopost announced last December that it had chosen it as its Carlisle base.
But, in a furious swipe at the Government, Kingmoor chief executive Tony Goddard has warned that similar future deals could be jeopardised by controversial rates charges for empty buildings.
Mr Goddard said: “We are able to respond quickly to enquiries such as this; we have a range of buildings available and can usually meet all types, shapes and sizes. But recent government policy to rate vacant property has caused us to completely review this strategy. This has imposed a heavy burden on the company.
“At a stroke this policy has made industrial developers throughout the country suspend all new speculative development and in many cases demolish buildings to avoid the rates charge.”