New jobs are on the way in Northumberland after a growing interiors business snapped up a factory which has lain empty for eight years.
Alexandra Interiors, which designs and makes dream bathrooms and kitchens, has sealed a deal to move into the former Remploy factory in Ashington as part of its expansion plans.
State-run Remploy, which was set up after the Second World War to help get injured servicemen back into work, closed the factory on the Jubilee Industrial Estate in 2012 along with three others around the region following the withdrawal of Government funding.
Now Alexandra Interiors, which was already based on the estate, has bought and moved into the 42,500sqft factory, which has workshop facilities and a sizeable storage yard for the firm to carry out its work, designing and manufacturing bespoke furniture for customers.
A number of jobs is set to be created.
The value of the deal with Alexandra Interiors, which was first set up in 2009, has not been revealed.
The Industrial Agency team at Naylors Gavin Black secured the sale on behalf of Advance Northumberland as part of a strategic review of the economic regeneration company’s long-term assets.
Keith Stewart, partner at Naylors Gavin Black, which was appointed as joint agent alongside BNP Paribas, said: “It’s great to see a building that has not been used for some time bought by a growing company in Alexandra Interiors, who will bring the unit back to life and provide important investment and jobs in the area.”
Lee Farrier, head of estates at Advance Northumberland added “This is another step in the ongoing regeneration of Northumberland and we are delighted the building, which is ideally located close to both the A1 and A19 roads, and just 15 miles from Newcastle city centre, has become the home to a developing business as it moves forward with its plans for growth.”