Norton Motorcycles reveals £7.5m project to boost manufacturing and skills

A new training academy and manufacturing facilities have been announced as part of a £7.5m project by Norton Motorcycles.

The project, made possible with £4m of government funding, will support 600 new jobs, including 200 new apprenticeships at the the Castle Donington headquartered company,.

Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative (AMSCI) funding from the government will allow the company to establish a new British Motorcycle Manufacturing Academy (BMMA), build a a new 10,000 sq. feet manufacturing facility, and develop ‘clean’ motorcycle engine technology in the UK which will power a new motorcycle within two years.

According to Norton, AMSCI funding will lead to 159 direct jobs, which the firm expects will grow into 600 direct and indirect jobs – including 200 apprentices – over five years.

In a statement Stuart Garner, Norton Motorcycle chief executive, said: “We’ve worked steadfastly in the last six years to bring Norton back with an authentic British built motorcycle.

“Training and skills are key to our industry. Putting down a dedicated Academy for the British motorcycle industry finally gives us a sustainable future.

“To see solid government support for the manufacturing industry like this is hugely heart-warming and gives us great confidence in bringing the industry back to the UK, creating jobs, learning forgotten skills and enabling exports around the world – all in the full knowledge that we have great support and a solid base back home.”