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20 September 2002

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£973,000 for Kings Business Park

The Northwest Development Agency (NWDA) is providing over £973,000 of funding to assist Hazels Development Company in the further development of the Kings Business Park in Knowsley. 

The project will provide 3,525 square metres of state-of-the-art office accommodation and is expected to create more than 200 new jobs in an area of high unemployment. 

Once completed, the new development will represent the second phase of office development at the Park, after the success of Phoenix House, and will improve market profile and investor confidence in the Business Park, increasing its potential to attract further investment. 

The new building has been designed by Austin Smith Lord, an award winning architectural practice based in Warrington, and will enhance the existing environment through the provision of additional landscaping. Joint agents for the Park are Dunlop Heywood Lorenz and Keppie Massie. 

Aidan Manley, Area Manager of Merseyside, NWDA said:-

"We are extremely pleased to be able to assist the expansion of the Kings Business Park. It is recognised that the successful development of this site will contribute to the improving competitiveness of the area as a business location. Furthermore, raising the profile and enhancing the image of the area will bring higher value businesses into the area, contributing to economic growth and social prosperity."

Colin Cole of Westbury plc-owned Hazels Development Company said:

"This funding provision from the NWDA is very good news for Kings Business Park. The market on Merseyside is in short supply of high-quality grade A office accommodation, yet demand continues to remain strong. This assistance will enable us to complete our second phase of development, create local jobs, and produce the necessary multiplier effects for future development at the Park."

Keeping the Commonwealth Games Spirit Alive

 Over a month after the Commonwealth Games came to a close, England's Northwest proves that although the sport has ended, the legacy of the Games is still going strong. 

In a special presentation on September 18th at Tameside College, successful students who completed the Commonwealth Games Pre-Volunteer Programme are to see their valued and vital efforts rewarded.

The programme, supported by the Northwest Development Agency (NWDA), received £54,000 from the Single Regeneration Budget. It proved to be a fantastic opportunity for residents of the Northwest to become involved in the Commonwealth Games. Volunteers not only grasped the unique opportunity to be involved in this historic event, but many have used the training and experience to find employment. 

Tomorrow's presentation will also provide graduates of the course with possible progress advice and a number of further employment opportunities in an aptly titled "What Next?" session. 

The certificates are to be awarded by five-times Karate champion Geoff Thompson MBE and Mumtaz Bashir of Manchester City Council.

Coral Grainger, Regeneration Manager, NWDA said:

"It is wonderful to see the spirit of the Commonwealth Games continuing to thrive. The volunteers did a wonderful job, and were a credit to Manchester and England's Northwest. The NWDA are delighted to provide funding for a programme that continues to help so many people, and helped make the Games such a success" 

Sue Vickers, Guidance Officer, Commonwealth Games Pre-Volunteer Programme said:

"This is the next step for volunteers in Tameside to ensure all the skills and experiences gained during the Games are used to meet new challenges."

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