Boost for rural jobs and business

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29 Sep 2010

Newcastle’s rural economy – which sustains hundreds of jobs and businesses across the Borough – received a boost with the opening of NFU’s Mutual’s new offices in Betley.

Paul joined company officials and some of their local customers at the launch of the firm’s new offices in a newly-renovated complex at Betley Court Farm, Betley.

Husband and wife team, Michael and Jennie Nicholls, operate the NFU Mutual business locally, providing a range of insurance, pensions and investment services to farmers, landowners and residents across Newcastle Borough.

The premises were opened by Lindsay Sinclair, NFU Mutual’s Group Chief Executive, who cut a ribbon to mark the relocation of the business to the village, away from its former base in Newcastle town centre. He was joined by 87-year-old Eric Bennion, one of the company’s oldest local customers.

Paul said: “Newcastle has large areas of attractive countryside which are not only great places to live and visit, but also important areas that create and sustain jobs and business vital to our economic prosperity.

“The relocation of the NFU Mutual offices in this refurbished building demonstrates the value of supporting local rural enterprises, strengthening the rural community and achieving good quality developments which respect the character of the countryside.”

Pictured left to right: Michael Nicholls, Lindsay Sinclair, Eric Bennion, Jennie Nicholls and Paul