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Motorbike firm announces 4m relocation
CCM Motorcycles factory, Blackburn
CCM Motorcycles has been established for 32 years
One of the UK's two motorcycle manufacturers is relocating from Lancashire to Merseyside.

CCM Motorcycles is moving its operation from Blackburn to St Helens after securing 4m investment.

It is the only UK company to make specialist trail bikes which can be used both on and off road.

It has been established for 32 years and has grown from making just 250 bikes a year in 1999 to 2,000 a year in 2002.

Managers say the firm plans to be making 5,000 bikes a year by 2005.

Some of the funding will come from the Merseyside Special Investment Fund which helps support local businesses.

The news is a boon for Merseyside's motor industry which has been hit by a week-long shut down at Jaguar's Halewood plant caused by falling sales.

Luxury car manufacturer Jensen closed its doors in 2002 after falling sales.

The UK's other motorcycle manufacturer is Triumph.



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