Centerprise International, the Basingstoke-based PC manufacturer, will create nearly 300 skilled jobs in Wales this summer as part of its manufacturing and warehousing expansion.
Centerprise’s expansion into Wales has been driven by a need to add new production and warehousing capacity to handle larger volume orders, and increased system integration and contract manufacturing requirements.
Helped by Regional Selective Assistance grant-aid from the Welsh Assembly Government, the development will take place in two phases.
For the first phase, Centerprise will invest £5 million to acquire and fit out the 17-acre Duffryn Meadows site and the new 50,000 sq.ft. factory unit, jointly developed on-site by Landsker Developments and the Welsh Development Agency.
A further £6.5 million will be invested in a subsequent phase of the project by Centerprise, which intends to start recruiting the first of its planned 291-strong workforce in early summer. The working team will include a significant number of Research & Development jobs.
Centerprise’s founder and Chairman, Rafi Razzak, said: ‘We have spent considerable time researching the opportunities for the expansion of our manufacturing and warehousing facility in Basingstoke.
‘We looked very carefully at a wide range of potential locations, both elsewhere in the UK, and in continental Europe, before coming to the firm conclusion that this site near Caerphilly was the best overall option by far.’