Jobs boost as factory gets new owners

THE former Buralls factory off Cromwell Road, Wisbech, is about to get new owners - and with it could come a jobs boost for the town. RPS Construction is in the process of buying the building. It will be leased to Paragon Labels which will move from its c

THE former Buralls factory off Cromwell Road, Wisbech, is about to get new owners - and with it could come a jobs boost for the town.

RPS Construction is in the process of buying the building. It will be leased to Paragon Labels which will move from its current site in Oldfield Lane when the lease expires next year.

Paragon is the UK's market leader in food packaging for the fresh and chilled food sector and needs extra room to expand its Wisbech operation.

Ninety staff are expected to be employed by Paragon if planning consent for the move to Cromwell Road is agreed by Fenland District Council.


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Richard Pratt, of RPS Construction, said the Cromwell Road factory had been occupied for the last 10 years by companies producing labelling and associated products under the Burall umbrella.

Pointing out that in recent months the factory's tenants had gone into receivership and it would soon be unoccupied, he said the building was ideal for production purposes but did not have sufficient floor area or height for Paragon and he therefore proposed to enlarge it.

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The proposals, if agreed, will give provide an additional 3,467 square metres of additional floor space.

Paragon is keen to make Wisbech an important part of its European operations, having increased turnover to £103million since its formation just 13 years ago.

The company now has eight sites across the UK and employs more than 750 people.

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