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£3 Million food centre

[Friday 23 January 2009]

LEEMING Bar’s £3 million food enterprise centre will be ready for its first tenants this summer.

Site Manager, Kevin Wheller
Site Manager, Kevin Wheller surveys the Leeming Bar

Work on the scheme at the village’s Business Park - which will create specialist food grade premises to build upon the areas existing food cluster - is now well underway.

It will provide a range of food grade premises to rent for new and young businesses within the secondary food production sector.

There will be six food grade starter units and four grow-on units together with an on-site management suite and a fully equipped test kitchen. The centre is being constructed on land owned by the district council on the recently developed Leeming Bar Business Park, 70% of which is earmarked for food or food related businesses.

“The project results from the need to ensure that there is an adequate supply of high quality premises for local businesses - particularly for new and small businesses,” said Councillor Tony Hall, Cabinet Member for Prosperity.

The project results from the need to ensure that there is an adequate supply of high quality premises for local businesses - particularly for new and small businesses,

Tony Hall - Hambleton District Council

“Many food businesses struggle to find suitable and hygienic accommodation locally but this new centre will give them a basic shell fully fitted to food grade standards.”

Work on the Food Enterprise Centre is due for completion at the end of June. Any new or young food business interested in renting space should contact the economic development section of the Council on 0845 1211 555 for further details.

The project is being led by Hambleton District Council with significant support form the regional development agency, Yorkshire Forward, and the European Regional Development Fund.

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