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BCS relocation in Central Bedfordshire

Jobs boost as Central Bedfordshire Council helps engineering company find new home

Thursday, 12 November 2015

Central Bedfordshire Council is working with an entrepreneurial engineering company to develop the skills needed for their business after helping them to relocate in a move that will boost jobs.

British Converting Solutions Ltd (BCS) – which provides cardboard box-making machines – has just announced plans to expand their business and increase their workforce to 60 in the next 3-4 years by moving into larger premises in Houghton Regis by the end of the year.

Using the Be Central Bedfordshire commercial property search tool, plus the Council's close links with the local commercial agents, the authority was able to identify a suitable property and set up a viewing. This facility is free and has details on all of the commercial properties available in Central Bedfordshire. It is part of the comprehensive package of support that the Council has set up to attract new businesses to the area, but also make it easier for those already in the area to thrive and grow. 

The Council is also looking to work with BCS on setting up an apprenticeship scheme and developing skills levels to meet their requirements. While it can help to identify the skills already present in the area, connecting the company with colleges, and universities that have specialisms in engineering and design and land based industries. 

Cllr Nigel Young, Executive Member for Regeneration and Business at Central Bedfordshire Council, said: “We can boast a high-performing economy and this increasing confidence is matched by our ambition. We have changed our approach to growth, driven by four priority sectors, one of which is high-performance technologies and research and development.

“Once we were aware that BCS were looking to expand, we moved quickly to identify a suitable property and set up a viewing, so I’m delighted we were able to assist a local business to stay in the area, expand and create new jobs.

“Added to that, we recognise that one of Central Bedfordshire’s key assets is its reputation as a place with a highly-skilled workforce of researchers, designers, testers and innovators and we will continue to work with BCS and all companies with similar ambitions to set up programmes of activity tailored to their needs, which will help maintain their momentum.”

BCS Operations Director, Simon Penwright, said: “It’s a very exciting time for us at BCS as our business continues to grow with existing machinery lines and a new prototype in build at present. We have had a lot of support from the likes of Central Bedfordshire Council and Central Bedfordshire College to enable this opportunity to move forward so quickly.”


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