Winterbottom’s Schoolwear has taken a 25,000 sq ft warehouse at Kingmoor Park, Carlisle, as it relocates its storage and distribution operations from Accrington.
The business is the 170th tenant within the Kingmoor Park Enterprise Zone, and the first to arrive from outside Cumbria. The Kingmoor site as a whole, including the outlying sites, Heathlands, Harker and Rockliffe has more than 200 tenants.
The company is a subsidiary of Lowe Clothing International, and designs, manufactures and supplies schoolwear. It said the move would allow it to enact a three-year expansion plan including the creation of at least 20 jobs.
Winterbottom’s is a subsidiary company of Lowe Clothing International and has office space in central Carlisle, as well as a Knaresborough address.
Jonathan Lowe, the group’s managing director, said: “We have found the whole process of relocating to Kingmoor Park extremely easy and efficient. The management team of the site are extremely supportive and helpful.
“As a business we found it very easy to move into our new premises and the whole process of starting afresh in Carlisle was made much less daunting having the support of the Kingmoor Park team.
“The site is the perfect location for our distribution needs and provides ample opportunity for expansion and we are already in talks about purchasing a plot of land to create our own building in readiness for further expansion. We are looking forward to growing the business substantially over the next few years, both in terms of volume of garments and staff that operate on the park.”
Kingmoor Park has accessed ERDF support for the development of 19 further units designed for SMEs, it said, while DSD Construction has started work on its 10,000 sq ft headquarters building.
Kingmoor Park’s managing director Neil McIntyre said: “This is not only a really exciting time for Carlisle, but also for Cumbria as we celebrate new investment in our county. We were awarded Enterprise Zone status in 2015 to kickstart inward investment into the area.
“This latest addition to the site is evidence that what Kingmoor Park has to offer can attract businesses from elsewhere in the country and that awarding Enterprise Zone status complements this.”