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Northumberland shows its ambition as new chapter opens for business park

Exciting news for AMF members and businesses in the North East, as a new masterplan for a 62 acre-site at Ashwood Business Park in Northumberland will be officially unveiled today (October 30) at the Advanced Engineering 2019 exhibition at Birmingham NEC.

The next phase in the site’s development – which is being spearheaded by economic regeneration company, and AMF member, Advance Northumberland – is set to make Ashwood Business Park a centre for advanced manufacturing, process and engineering companies, and a fulcrum for further industrial growth in the region.

Ashwood Business Park holds Enterprise Zone status – meaning that organisations locating there can benefit from 100 per cent Enhanced Capital Allowances – and is situated in South East Northumberland, at the heart of one of the North East’s strongest manufacturing clusters. The site is close to the A1 and A19 road links with easy access to the Port of Blyth and Newcastle International Airport.

Plots available at Ashwood Business Park, which is one of the largest development sites in Northumberland, are from 50,000 sq ft to 500,000 sq ft. A variety of industrial units can be developed, with tenure options ranging from a freehold sale to a bespoke, turnkey solution on a short-term lease.

The vision for Ashwood Business Park is to create a centre for manufacturing excellence, an employment hub and a primed site capable of development ready for significant inward investors. The site will also establish an amenity gateway which will include a petrol filling station and key services for the businesses and employees on the park.

The business park is already home to a major AzkoNobel paint processing facility: costing more than £100 million and opened in 2017, it is one of the largest sustainable production plants of its type in Europe. In addition, the headquarters of housing provider Bernicia Homes is located at Ashwood Business Park and the site also boasts Birchwood Industrial Estate, which is owned by Advance Northumberland and comprises approximately 40,000 sq ft of fully let commercial space.

Taking place on October 30 and 31, the Advanced Engineering 2019 exhibition is the UK’s largest annual exhibition and conference for advanced manufacturers and supply chain professionals with more than 500 different suppliers in attendance.

The Advance Northumberland team will be hosting the Northumberland Pavilion (Stand K100) at Advanced Engineering 2019 where they will be officially launching the masterplan and can discuss investment opportunities and design and build options.

Richard Wearmouth, Chair of Advance Northumberland said, “We’re delighted to be launching the new masterplan for Ashwood Business Park at Advanced Engineering 2019. As an event that promotes innovation and manufacturing and engineering excellence, it was the perfect place to showcase our vision for the site.

“Ashwood Business Park offers a fantastic opportunity for businesses working across manufacturing, engineering and the process sector to take advantage of a superb location with excellent transport links.

“Organisations moving to Ashwood Business Park can grow and thrive, drawing on the talents of the highly skilled, specialist workforce on their doorstep, which is reinforced by Northumberland’s manufacturing heritage, as well as benefiting from being located within a thriving manufacturing cluster.

“We’re very proud to be able to offer regional, national and international businesses such an exciting opportunity in the heart of Northumberland.”

Jeff Hope, Head of Manufacturing at AkzoNobel Ashington, which is situated on Ashwood Business Park, said, “Ashwood Business Park has provided AkzoNobel with an ideal location for transport links, being located off a major trunk road and near both an international airport and port.

“Capacity to expand was designed into the site and our location allows us room to grow, with easily accessible local facilities, access to a reliable skilled workforce and a welcoming community.”

Advance Northumberland is the regeneration, physical delivery and business support vehicle delivering regeneration throughout Northumberland on behalf of Northumberland County Council. It has a portfolio of assets and land worth £250 million and can support businesses with access to finance, training and recruitment advice, supply chain connections and introductions to external support programme and business networks.

To read more about Advance Northumberland, visit their member profile here.

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