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Jobs safeguarded in Lake District


Paper firm James Cropper in Kendal has been granted £3.15m from the Regional Growth Fund for upgrades to its plant.


James Cropper, which is the largest private sector employer in South Lakeland, with 300 staff at their Burneside paper mill, will invest its grant in a new biomass steam generating plant in the county that will keep their production in Cumbria.


Chairman Mark Cropper said: "This project, which we've been trying to get off the ground since 2005, is vital for the long-term success of our business.


"It will bring energy costs under control, reduce CO2 emissions and related carbon taxation and ensure that Burneside remains a viable manufacturing location for decades to come."