Kingmoor Park, Cumbria’s only Enterprise Zone is celebrating a 13% rise in employment numbers in this year alone. The figures, which show an increase in jobs from 2000 to almost 2300, form part of an update report which has been provided to Cumbria LEP for the next Enterprise Zone Board meeting on 13th September.
In June this year DSD Construction relocated to a purpose-built facility on site bringing 120 employees. Meanwhile, Story Homes and Zoo Hardware have both recorded an increase of 19 staff, Cubby Construction added 7 and Mercedes Benz have added 5 new staff at their brand-new dealership on site.
CAD works who have recently expanded into one of Kingmoor Park’s biggest units have also reported growth this quarter taking on 6 new members of staff as they work towards completion of their tailor-made office building.
Speaking on the recent growth figures, Neil McIntyre, Kingmoor Park Managing Director said: “It is always really encouraging to see businesses on Kingmoor Park growing. This quarter we have welcomed DSD Construction to site who have now settled in to their tailor-made offices bringing with them 120 staff. We recognise this is significant but it is also important to recognise other businesses who are continuing to expand and grow year on year.
“Kingmoor Park is ready to help these businesses grow into whatever size unit they require in the future.”
The site’s management team are required to report on employment figures to the Enterprise Zone board who meet quarterly and are made up of members of the LEP, private sector and local councils. The board discuss the site’s progress and measure its success against government set objectives as an Enterprise Zone.
Speaking on this employment growth was Graham Booth, Chair of the Kingmoor Park Enterprise Zone Delivery Board said: “This is excellent news for Kingmoor Park, Carlisle and Cumbria with the Enterprise Zone delivering a significant increase in jobs over the quarter. It is really encouraging to see businesses re-locating to the Enterprise Zone as well as a number of existing businesses expanding their workforce.”