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Zone centre to attract more start ups to Wearside

Posted on 23 August 2013 · Posted in News

More than 150 new jobs will be created in the North Eastern Enterprise Zone’s new business start-up centre.

The £6 million centre will be a hub to help new businesses establish and grow. With new offices, workshops and labs, the building will provide work spaces for 200 people when it is completed next year.

Located next to Nissan’s Wearside plant, the centre will benefit companies working in the region’s growing low carbon transport business with access to sector specific skills and expertise.

Barmston Developments are building the hub on the Turbine Business Park. Deverloper, James Scott, said:

“Our ability to be back on site so quickly after completing the 422,000 sq ft Vantec warehouse shows how committed we are to delivering at Turbine Business Park.”

Councillor Paul Watson said:

“All businesses start somewhere and need a base for their works. This new project is the second major development on the Turbine Business Park as part of the North East Low Carbon Zone.”

This news follows the North Eastern’s success in becoming the first Enterprise Zone in England to achieve foreign direct investment from Vantec Europe, a move that is set to create more than 300 jobs in the Zone.

Barmston Developments has also achieved outline planning permission on the Zone’s remaining 20 acres, the site can accommodate warehouses, industrial, office and retail buildings together with consent for a hotel and a pub.

Attracting new start ups will help the Zone to reach its aim to become Europe’s premier location for ultra low carbon vehicles and offshore energy, building on the existing economic strengths and existing infrastructure.