Business bosses are poised to brief city chiefs on the progress of Cumbria’s enterprise zone.

Representatives from Kingmoor Park, north of Carlisle, are due to attend a meeting of the city council’s economic growth scrutiny panel tomorrow.

The site hosts more than 130 businesses with the number of jobs at the site set to exceed 2,500 for the first time this month.

The enterprise zone was launched on the business park three years ago as part of a Government-led drive to give local businesses more power.

Ultimately, the economy-boosting initiative aims to bring up to 3,000 jobs to the area and provide space for factories, offices, storage and distribution.

A council report presented to members ahead of the meeting revealed that Kingmoor Park Properties Ltd will continue to invest significantly in the site with well-established local business following suit.

Among them is CAD Works Engineering Ltd, which designs and builds heavy-duty machinery for a UK and global market.

Meanwhile, DSD Construction has secured planning permission to build its headquarters there while Sytner (Mercedes Benz) has also got the go-ahead to build a new car showroom, safeguarding 50 jobs.

Plans have also been lodged to create an 18,000sq ft business village out of reused shipping containers,  which would be a first for Cumbria and one of the first in the North West.

The containers can be let individually or combined and stacked depending on business needs, a plan that has already attracted a high level of interest.

Kingmoor Park Properties Ltd has also launched training sessions, inviting tenants and local businesses to Kingmoor Park to take part.

Proposals are being finalised for a solar farm development to provide a green energy solution to the site’s private power supply offering between 12 and 15 per cent of the business park’s energy requirement.

This year, Kingmoor Park will celebrate its 20th anniversary with events to be held over spring and summer.