Expansion continues at business park

Q6 on Quorum Business Park, in Longbenton.

Q6 on Quorum Business Park, in Longbenton.

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More jobs are being created at a business park after two new companies moved on site as part of expansion plans.

Quorum Business Park, in Longbenton, welcomed engineering group British Engines and awarding organisation NCFE on site at the end of last year.

British Engines, who employs over 1,250 people at six engineering and manufacturing businesses, moved its central core services teams to Quorum where it now employs over 40 staff.

NCFE, a registered educational charity, decided to relocate to the park having recruited 34 new staff members and boosting its team by almost 30 percent to a total of 195.

NCFE has bought building Q6 at Quorum, significantly investing in a substantial fit out across the four floors of the 50,361 sq ft building.

Quorum development director Fergus Trim hopes the success stories of British Engines and NCFE will help attract other businesses to Quorum over coming months.

He said: “Q6 is a high quality building and NCFE have done a great job with the building fit out. I’m sure the remaining space will be snapped up quickly.”

British Engines director Richard Dodd said: “A key reason for choosing the site at Quorum was down to its desirable location, as a hub almost central to the above named businesses.

“We have already forged a collaborative relationship with our new neighbour, NCFE, as not only do we share a north east heritage but we also share the same values and a commitment to creating opportunities for training, qualifications, apprenticeships, and education within the region.”

NCFE chief executive David Grailey added: “As NCFE continues to move forward we need to work in an environment that enables us to fulfil our potential as a business and Quorum facilitates this, both in terms of physical space and by enabling us to achieve cost savings through reduction in rent payable, enabling us to take the business forward.

“Our people are at the heart of everything we do which made Quorum an obvious choice of new home – its transport links are excellent and the space we have acquired, both indoors and outdoors, has improved our staff wellbeing considerably.”

Over the last four years Quorum has been the fastest growing business park outside of London.

Mr Trim added: “I am delighted that both British Engines and NCFE are enjoying their new home at Quorum and continue to grow and create new jobs. Both are great examples of the skills and engineering agenda which is so important to the growth of the north east economy.”

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