AN extension to a North Yorkshire business park is set to create 50 new jobs in the new year.

Work is underway on two 5,000sq ft industrial units at Canalside Business Park in Ripon, as part of a £1.25 million investment in premises that will be ready for occupation in early 2015.

The new development, which is being carried out by contractor Recobuild, has already helped to create ten new jobs at Bill Plant School of Motoring, and is also attracting enquiries from new businesses to the area, with tenants likely to employ between 35 and 45 staff.

Jonathan Lupton, managing director at Canalside Developments, pictured above right with Recobuild site manager David Senior, said: "We have seen a great deal of progress in the past weeks and are on schedule to have the new units completed by the spring.

"We have had enquiries from building services and light construction firms, similar to businesses that are already located locally."