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6 September, 2018 - 20:12 By Kate Sweeney

Funding approved for business park in Stowmarket

Work is underway to develop a new business park, bringing additional jobs and businesses to Stowmarket, helped by loan funding of £630,000 from New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership.

Atex Business Park is a redevelopment of brownfield land on Gun Cotton Way, close to the A14. When complete, the site will consist of 37 small business units housed in six buildings, all linked by a new road and utilities infrastructure. 

Construction has begun on the site following a successful application to New Anglia LEP’s Growing Places Fund, which provides loan-funding to help kick-start and support development projects across Suffolk and Norfolk. 

The first phase of the project is due to complete next year with the opening of 10 units. It’s estimated the park could provide up to 100 jobs once finished.

David Elder, managing director of Atex Developments Ltd, said: “We are delighted to have obtained a loan from the LEP. Without their help this development would not have got off the ground because so much of the infrastructure needs to be in place before we complete the first units. 

“It is our plan to sell the units freehold, which will allow businesses to expand and employ more people.”

Doug Field, chair of New Anglia LEP, added “This is exactly the type of project the Growing Places Fund was designed for – helping a development get off the ground so that it can grow and contribute to the success of our economy. 

“Once complete, this site can do just that – with the facilities to allow existing businesses to expand and improve productivity and the potential to attract new businesses to the area and create new jobs.”

• PHOTOGRAPH: David Elder (centre, back) and Iain Dunnett, Growing Places Fund Coordinator at New Anglia LEP (far right), with the Atex Park       development team.

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