Local growth minister, Mark Prisk, visited the Northampton Waterside Enterprise Zone yesterday to celebrate its latest success story.
He met Freefoam Plastics who announced their expansion within the Enterprise Zone creating between 30 and 40 jobs, and their flourishing apprentice scheme. Since the company opened its Northampton base in 2001, it has seen a growth in sales from £4 million to last year’s £25.4 million, along with a staff increase from 18 to 90.
Aidan Harte, managing director of Freefoam, said:
“With its excellent distribution links, Northampton has proven to be the perfect location for us.
“Being part of the Enterprise Zone has given us access to additional support which has influenced our decision to make further investment.”
And Mark Prisk welcomed their expansion saying:
“This is a great example of local business growth, and Freefoam’s continuing commitment to Northampton Waterside Enterprise Zone demonstrates how Enterprise Zones are becoming the engine rooms of the local economy.”
He saw at first hand some of the Enterprise Zone’s flag ship projects such as the new Carlsberg bottling plant, the site of the proposed new innovation centre, for which construction work will start soon, and the site for the new Northampton University campus at Avon Nun Mills.
For more information see: www.northamptonez.co.uk/news/minister-helps-northampton-celebrate-its-success.