Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

What a Difference a Year Makes as 100 Jobs Created

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

What a Difference a Year Makes as 100 Jobs Created

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Byline: Coreena Ford Business Reporter

A FAST-growing firm is bringing up to 100 new jobs to a Newcastle pharmaceutical site where hundreds of posts were lost last year.

Accord Healthcare - which is headquartered in Middlesex - is delivering a fresh start for the Fawdon site where French firm Sanofi ceased its operations last summer with the loss of more than 400 jobs.

The site was snapped up by regeneration specialists Trevor Cartner and Chris Musgrave in January, with plans to transform it into a science and technology park, with space for up to eight tenants.

However, Accord has come to an agreement to use the entire 19.3-acre Northumberland Park site, which offers more than 400,000 sq ft of laboratory, manufacturing and office space.

It is hoped many former Sanofi staff, who have the right skills, will be employed by the newcomers.

Plans are also under way to support the growth of the company, including signifi-cant investment in state-of-the-art equipment.

The move has been praised by Newcastle City Council as further proof of the region's prowess within the healthcare sector. Coun Nick Forbes, leader of the council, said: "This announcement is fantastic news for Newcastle and the North East, and helps strengthen our reputation as a home for the science and healthcare sector."

Accord Healthcare is involved in the development, manufacture and distribution of more than 130 pharmaceutical products in around 60 countries worldwide.

From Newcastle, the firm will focus production operations to Europe's major customers, including the UK market, and it is believed that many of the jobs created at the new site will be filled by ex-Sanofi employees who have the relevant skill set.

The successful Cartner and Musgrave partnership has already created around 5,000 jobs at their Wynyard Park site on Teesside and at Discovery Park in Kent, where they also own Stone Hill Park. …

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