Royal due to open eco business complex in Yorkshire

The Princess Royal will formally open a new, environmentally-friendly business development in North Yorkshire next week.

The first phase of the Hawk Creative Business Park has been built near Easingwold in North Yorkshire at a cost of £2.5 million. The new development has turned a series of converted farm buildings into offices, interspersed with woodland and lakes in a bid to achieve a better equilibrium with the surrounding landscape. New conference facilities will also be on offer in an adjoining complex dubbed the Hawkhills.

Sir Ben Gill, the former president of the National Farmers Union, told the Press: "The Hawk is a showcase of what can be done to rejuvenate redundant farm buildings into hi-tech offices and yet still meet the needs of the environment and sustainability."

Several businesses have already moved into the new development, which will be aiming to show off its green credentials to the wider business world and compete with Cheshire venues and Leeds venues.

According to a report from Daily Post, Carbon Trust Wales revealed that businesses in Wales have saved nearly £30 million through energy-efficiency in the past year.

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