View new 25-acre business park in Oakham

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Company owners will be able to get a first look at a new business park when it opens its doors next week.

Rutland County Council is holding a series of guided tours of Oakham Enterprise Park on the site of the old Ashwell Prison, which closed in 2011.

The council bought the site from the Ministry of Justice at a cost of £1.34m in a bid to turn it into a 25-acre business park.

Deputy council leader Coun Terry King (Con) said: “If you are a business or community group interested in finding out more about this exciting project then this is your chance to have a look round.

“Oakham Enterprise Park will provide much-needed business units and facilities at affordable rates, giving local businesses and entrepreneurs the chance to get themselves up and running.”

Work has already started to remove razor wire from the edge of the site and clearance and maintenance projects are also taking place.

More than 35 businesses have already been in touch with the council to arrange private viewings of available units.

Next week’s tours will take place on Friday between 10am and 3pm.

Businesses are welcome to drop in, view the displays and chat to members of the project team about their business and its requirements.

There will also be opportunities to speak to organisations that may be able to provide financial support.