£700,000 helps West Cumbrian firm create jobs
Last updated at 15:10, Friday, 20 September 2013
A Workington engineering firm has secured £700,000 to support an expansion that will help create 70 new jobs.
TIS Cumbria was awarded the funding through Britain’s Energy Coast’s investing in business scheme for its new £2.9 million facility on Derwent Drive.
The 54,000sq ft building will include offices, a rig hall, manufacturing space with three overhead cranes and a radiography unit for use in the nuclear, oil and gas industries.
In addition to the grant, supported by the Government’s Regional Growth Fund and the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, is £150,000 from Britain’s Energy Coast which was awarded in 2011.
Tony O’Pray, joint director of TIS Cumbria, said: “We are delighted to have secured this grant from Britain’s Energy Coast. It would have taken us another three or four years without their support.”
Mr O’Pray said all of the building work had been contracted to local companies except for initial piling work, which was so specialised it had to go out of the area.
Work on the new unit is being carried out by Workington construction firm Stobbarts Limited.
David Jones, head of projects, energy and business support at Britain’s Energy Coast, said: “This huge grant not only represents a record award through our investing in business scheme, but is another investment in a home-grown success story that is clearly going places.
“We look forward to TIS continuing to grow and creating jobs and wealth for the West Cumbrian economy.”
Work is due to be completed on the site next month.
It will see new jobs in machining, fabricating, welding, fitting and managerial positions, which are hoped to be recruited over the next 18 months.
Around 23 trainees will also be recruited over the next two years, with a further six rolling apprenticeships available over the course of three years.
The firm’s current premises on Derwent Drive will be turned into a dedicated engineering technology centre to train apprentices.
First published at 14:49, Friday, 20 September 2013
Published by http://www.timesandstar.co.uk
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