By Daniel Hunter

Business Minister Baroness Wilcox today (Thursday) officially opened new £6 million state-of-the-art operating space at the UK’s leading independent soft tissue converters.

The Minister visited Accrol Papers Ltd in Blackburn, Lancashire where she toured the new 120,000 square foot offices and warehouse facility and met with workers before unveiling a plaque onsite.

Founded in 1993, Accrol Papers has grown significantly in recent years thanks to its investment programme, which has included £25 million in new plant machinery and premises, with a further £30 million expected over the next two years.

The family-run business recently secured a conditional offer from the second round of the Government’s Regional Growth Fund (RGF) to bolster its expansion plans and create new jobs by partially supporting the new office space and helping to refurbish other facilities onsite.

“It’s been a real pleasure to visit Accrol Papers and see the work that has been taking place to expand production services, which has turned the business from a SME to a UK leader in only a few short years," the Minister said.

“The RGF support will help Accrol Papers to continue on its projected plan for growth that will offer support not only for its commercial ambitions, but new job opportunities for people in the North West of England.

“Manufacturing makes a vital contribution to the growth of a more sustainable UK economy, which is why we are keeping it central to our growth strategy, and working to change perceptions of the sector to young people in particular through initiatives like our Make it in Great Britain campaign.”

Accrol Papers Ltd is now the fourth largest soft tissue converter in the UK with manufacturing capacity in excess of 75,000 tonnes per year. Output includes over one million toilet rolls and 250,000 kitchen rolls each day.

“We were delighted to welcome Baroness Wilcox and guests to the opening of our new premises," Managing Director Majid Hussain, said.

"We have exciting plans for the future and we hope that we will soon be able to announce the construction of a further new manufacturing facility which will lead to the creation of an additional 150 jobs.”

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