After a seven-year search, EP Barrus has found a new site enabling the company to consolidate its operations under one roof and remain in Bicester.
The company will be relocating to a 16-acre site which forms part of commercial space allocated on the edge of the unique Graven Hill Development to the south of Bicester, formerly owned by the MoD.
Barrus manufactures, markets and distributes its products across a wide range of sectors including marine, garden and industrial. Proudly ‘Built in Bicester’, the company designs, develops and builds engines for customers across the UK and overseas.
Moving from London to Bicester in 1977, Barrus chose Bicester for its ideal geographical position being at the centre of communications in Roman Britain. This is just as important today as the company looks forward to the next phase in its 100-year history.
“We are delighted to announce our exciting relocation plans in this, our centennial year,” commented Robert Muir, managing director. “Our growth plans have been constrained by the size of our premises here in Launton Road and it has always been our intention to expand if possible our business within the Oxfordshire area.”
Mr Muir explains: “Only through the efforts and support of a number of key people have we been successful in finding a suitable, affordable site to enable us to remain in Bicester.
“I would personally like to thank Karen Curtin and Adrian Unitt, managing director and operations director, Graven Hill Village Development Company, Cherwell District Council, Councillor Michael Waine, Chairman, Oxfordshire County Council and Bicester Town Councillors Richard Mould and Rose and Lawrie Stratford, amongst others.”