A booming new suite of units in a Cockermouth business park has been officially opened.
Mitchells celebrated the ambitious expansion of its business park with a range of guests including Workington MP Mark Jenkinson and Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership chief executive Jo Lappin.
The new development has proven so popular that all seven units have already been rented out to a wide range of businesses who are now thriving in their new premises, including a gym run by Crossfit athlete and war veteran Luke Reeson and a bakery.
Mr. Jenkinson said, “The opening of these new units represents a huge opportunity for entrepreneurs in the borough. “Units are already filling up with a range of businesses from caterers to gyms.
“I have no doubt that these attractive new units will provide a superb base for a number of new and budding businesses – as well as outlets looking to expand into new premises.” it would prove to be a hugely successful venture not just for Mitchells as an established rural business, but for the wider business community. “I am very pleased that Mitchells has been able to access government funding through Cumbria LEP to support their aspirations and vision for the site.”
Mitchells’ board of directors first considered the feasibility of the project in June 2020.
Chairman Ian Powley said: “We recognized the need for new retail premises in the Cockermouth area and knew we could make better use of the resources and space available next to our livestock market.” happy new year, but we can’t afford to be complacent. Diversifying our business model by expanding the business base makes us more resilient to downturns in the economy and helps protect and strengthen Mitchells for the future.
With the help of funding from the Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership (CLEP) and support from HSBC bank, construction began in October 2020. It was delayed by Brexit-related material shortages and labor difficulties work on site due to Covid. The development was finally completed last October and has been fully occupied by tenants since January.
Businesses now operating from the new units include the Lake District Barbell Gymnasium run by Luke Reeson, Cumberland Stove Services, Cockermouth Kitchens, Cumbrian Baker, Derwent Groundworks, Carrs Billington Agriculture and Fulton Ltd trailer repairs which Mitchells hope will come in very handy for visiting farmers the nearby cattle market. The opening was also attended by former Mitchells chairman Bob Watson, trustees Stephen Revell and Ann Cummings and land agent Ian Wood.
The event included a tour of the new businesses on site followed by lunch hosted by Mitchells’ Fairfield Restaurant.