MEP sees benefits of European cash

Outside the new Blyth Workspace are Paul Brannen MEP; Amy Doonan, Blyth Workspace manager and Richard Schofield, senior project manager, both with Arch; and Coun Scott Dickinson, business chair of Northumberland County Council.

Outside the new Blyth Workspace are Paul Brannen MEP; Amy Doonan, Blyth Workspace manager and Richard Schofield, senior project manager, both with Arch; and Coun Scott Dickinson, business chair of Northumberland County Council.

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Projects helping to breathe new life into communities have been showcased to a north east MEP.

North East Euro MP Paul Brannen made a whistle-stop tour to the county where he visited the new Blyth Workspace, as well as the Berwick Workspace, Berwick Infirmary and a new council housing development in Amble.

All the projects had received European funding, and Mr Brannen was shown how they had made a significant impact on quality of life for residents as well as being important locations for business growth.

The final stop on the visit was to the brand new Blyth Workspace building – which is currently having finishing touches added before it opens for business.

The development on Blyth Quayside offers sustainable and contemporary office space, state-of-the-art facilities, professional reception, superfast broadband, free parking, electric car charging points and 24-7 security.

The £7m development cost was covered by the European Regional Development Fund; Arch, the Northumberland Development Company; The Homes and Communities Agency; and the North East Local Enterprise Partnership’s North East Investment Fund.

Mr Brannen said: “It was great to see European funds in action creating jobs and growth.

“The facilities at Berwick and Blyth workspace are second to none and are a real asset for Northumberland.

“It was good to hear that they’re attracting businesses as well as growing local firms.”

Coun Scott Dickinson, business chairman of the county council, said: “I hope that the visit will help our MEP to be able to champion the great work we are doing here in Northumberland – but has also allowed him to understand the challenges that we still have ahead and how the European Union might help us with them.”