BOURNEMOUTH Airport’s Aviation Business Park has welcomed a new occupier.

Breathe Safety has relocated to the 200-acre estate after outgrowing its split premises in Ferndown and Verwood.

It has now consolidated all of its operations at the business park next to Bournemouth Airport at Hurn.

The business, which specialises in providing confined space breathing apparatus and life support systems, has taken a refurbished 21,000sqft warehouse with ground floor offices, adjacent storage yard, and 25 car parking spaces.

Breathe Safety joins more than 200 other businesses at the site which supports more than 4,000 local jobs with thousands more planned.

Director Nick Aris, who founded Breathe Safety in 2001, said: “We’d outgrown our former premises and were operating from two sites, so when this unit became available on the Aviation Business Park it was the perfect solution.

“We have an ambitious growth plan which includes more manufacturing, service support and skilled labour provision so the combination of an outside yard, covered warehouse space and offices was very important to us. Our new home has all of that, in a great location.”

The business employs around 55 staff and half will be permanently based at the business park.

It has four remote sites serving the whole of the UK and Europe with a “growing” export order book.

Mike Murray, commercial real estate director for Rigby Real Estate, which owns and manages Aviation Business Park, said: “We’re delighted to welcome Nick and his team to the park. They join more than 200 national and international businesses with some 4,000 employees across the mixed-use estate and we continue to see strong interest from a range of potential new occupiers.”

Rigby Real Estate is part of Rigby Group plc, which also owns and operates neighbouring Bournemouth Airport.

It is currently developing a new industrial warehouse unit on the business park called ABP39.

APB39 will offer 39,000sqft of space with two storey offices, four loading access doors, and 40 car parking spaces.

It is part of an ongoing expansion which could see more than a million square feet of development delivered, supporting 2,600 new jobs.

It is anticipated it will generate an extra £100m annually for the Dorset economy.

APB39 will be available later this year through joint agents Goadsby and CBRE.