£7.4m expansion of Bulwell food park

NHUD Opening Food Park Bestwood Gala Way
NHUD Opening Food Park Bestwood Gala Way

A £7.4m expansion of the UK’s only specialist food manufacturing park was officially opened in Bulwell this week

Councillor Graham Chapman, deputy leader of Nottingham City Council (NCC), visited Southglade Food Park to see the work done during the second phase of development, which was extended by more than 32,000 square feet or the equivalent of six tennis courts.

The specialist park in Bestwood opened in 2005 but demand for units has since outstripped supply. The expansion project, which started last year, has seen a further 12 units of differing sizes made available and will support an estimated 90 additional full-time jobs.

Coun Chapman said: “This is a key site for food and drink manufacturing in the UK and this expansion will ensure it gains even more prominence at the same time as providing up to 90 jobs for Nottingham people. It shows what can be achieved with partnership working between the public and private sectors.

“In the past we have frequently had to turn away businesses looking to relocate to Southglade, such was the high demand for facilities, so it is great that we’ve been able to secure some European funding to expand further and attract potentially 12 new businesses. We wouldn’t have been able to deliver the scheme without that funding in place.”

The Lord Mayor of Nottingham, Coun Jackie Morris of Bulwell, carried out ribbon-cutting duties.

The scheme was funded by the City Council and the European Regional Development Fund, which contributed £3.8m.

Paul Stuart, of the East Midlands Chamber, said: “The further expansion is extremely welcome and will provide a real boost to a key industrial sector in Nottingham. Southglade is a pioneering initiative and the first of its kind in the UK.”