Expansion to pave way for 100 jobs

Paragon Flexibles, Heapham Road Industrial Estate, Gainsborough. G110119-1a
Paragon Flexibles, Heapham Road Industrial Estate, Gainsborough. G110119-1a

AROUND 100 new jobs could be created in Gainsborough after planning permission was granted for a plastics firm to expand.

West Lindsey District Council has granted planning permission after Paragon Flexibles applied to grow its premises on the Heapham Road Industrial Estate, Gainsborough.

Paragon Flexibles, who already employ about 160 people at their Gainsborough site, applied for permission to build an 83,260 sq ft factory opposite its existing site in Sandars Road.

Permission was granted a West Lindsey District Council planning meeting on Wednesday 12th January.

The development has the potential to create 100 new jobs at the firm’s site, which manufactures plastic lids, salad bags and polylactic acid films for the fresh and chilled-food sectors.

Paragon Flexibles Managing Director Mark Lapping said that although the new development was still in its early stages, he was delighted that the company could invest further in Gainsborough.

“It’s very exciting,” he said.

“We’re very positive about being able to invest in Gainsborough.”

“We bought an alien business in 2003 with about 40 staff and since then we have quadrupled that amount.”

“We have put over £10,000 of investment into this so far and I think that tells its own story.”

“It’s been excellent to bring inward investment to the town, and as long as we continue to work hard then we can continue to do so.”

Mr Lapping added that although the company was happy that the application had been granted and they were optimistic about the future, there was still a lot of work to be done.

He continued: “We have planning permission which would allow us to grow over a number of years, but we’re not there yet by any means because planning permission is only one step and now we need to work with developers and figure out funding.

“There’s still a lot of work to be done.”

“If everyone pulls their weight in the right direction then we would hope to grow to being able to employ more people over a number of years.”

He added: “Nothing is absolutely certain yet but it’s positive that our desire is to invest in the people of Gainsborough.”

Leader of West Lindsey District Council Burt Keimach welcomed the news, and was happy at the potential of opportunity for the people of Gainsborough and the wider community in surrounding areas.

“I am delighted to hear the planning application for Paragon Flexibles has been granted,” said Coun Keimach.

“This is not only great news for Gainsborough but for people throughout West Lindsey, who will be able to benefit from the jobs that this expansion may bring.”

Hannah Young from the Lincolnshire Chamber Of Commerce said that this was a very promising development for the people of Gainsborough.

“We are delighted to hear that Paragon Flexibles have had the confidence to invest in a state of the art facility in Gainsborough and we welcome the news that West Lindsey District Council have granted planning permission to allow this to take place.”

Hannah added: “With uncertainties in the current employment market, the creation of 100 new jobs and retaining the skill-set within the county is very positive news.”