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Day nursery to open at Oakham Enterprise Park

Oakham Day Nursery founders Lucy Charlton and Charlotte Molony. MSMP16062014001AW. Photo by Alan Walters. EMN-140618-163850001

Oakham Day Nursery founders Lucy Charlton and Charlotte Molony. MSMP16062014001AW. Photo by Alan Walters. EMN-140618-163850001

 

Scores of businesses, leisure groups and clubs have taken full advantage of the opportunities offered thanks to the opening of a new business park.

Oakham Enterprise Park, which was formerly Ashwell Prison, opened in September last year and since then 32 of the 55 units have been moved in to.

One such venture is a new nursery, which founders Lucy Charlton and Charlotte Molony are opening next month.

The pair are working on the final touches to Oakham Day Nursery, a £15,000 investment which will offer a large open plan playarea for children aged between six weeks and four years.

CCTV is also being installed, which allow parents to login to a website and keep an eye on their child while they are at work.

The development is set to create 14 jobs.

Lucy, 34, who has worked in childcare for nine years, said: “We thought the site was ideal for the nursery and there’s a real need for it in the area. We’re really excited about opening.”

Lucy and Charlotte are holding an open day on Sunday, July 6, from 10am to 2pm, for parents to look around the facility.

Charlotte, 26, said: “It’s taken a lot of hard work and preparation until now, so we’re really looking forward to it.

“We’re going to be offering something a bit different and we want to welcome as many parents and children as possible at our open day.”

To book a place at the nursery or for more information, e-mail oakhamdaynursery@gmail.com

Personal trainer Ryan Smith has opened a new £20,000 high intensity fitness gym at the park called CrossFit Oakham.

Ryan said: “Things have gone really well since opening and we’ve had a lot of interest.”

For more information, visit www.crossfitoakham.co.uk

Rutland County Council purchased the site for £1.34m from the Ministry of Justice, which closed the prison in 2011.

More than 40 people attended an open day which included guided tours of the 25-acre site in July last year.

The site has also been used as a backdrop location for a new BBC comedy drama, an episode of Panorama and photoshoots for Performance BMW magazine.

Deputy leader Coun Terry King (Con) was delighted at the level of interest shown in the park.

He said: “It is extremely pleasing to see so many businesses that are either start-ups (45 per cent) or new to the area (24 per cent) basing themselves at Oakham Enterprise Park.

“The site is home to a wide range of businesses including LED lighting and electronics companies, a financial advisor and even the call centre for a national dating agency.

“There are also several recreational businesses including a golf performance studio, personal fitness trainer, sports therapy clinic, judo club and a company planning on running airsoft events.”

For more information about the park, visit Rutland County Council’s website at {http://www.rutland.gov.uk/

 

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