Minister visits Egger UK factory

8 June 2018

Minister for the Northern Powerhouse and Local Growth, Jake Berry MP, has visited Northumberland’s largest private sector employer – Egger UK – as part of his visit to the county to discuss the Borderlands Growth Deal.

The Minister toured the Hexham factory, which employs more than 700 people and has received £250m of investment since 1984.

During the visit, arranged by Hexham MP Guy Opperman, Mr Berry met forestry director John Paterson, production and technical director Tobias Zimmerman and Bob Livesey, Egger commercial director, western European division.

The company also has a second Borderlands factory in Ayrshire. The Borderlands Growth Deal brings together the five cross-border local authorities, including Northumberland County Council, to promote the economic growth and competitiveness of the area around the Scottish-English border.

“I was delighted to visit Northumberland’s largest private employer,” said Mr Berry. “It is vital that large private sector employers are making a positive contribution to help shape the Borderlands Growth Deal.”

“I am very pleased that the Minister was able to see the factory and to see how forestry and wood processing can play a major part in the Borderlands Growth Deal,” said Mr Opperman.