Building work will begin shortly on 11 new industrial units which are being created by West Lancashire Borough Council to meet the needs of modern businesses.
The Council regularly receives enquiries from businesses looking for smaller factory units suitable for light industry and manufacturing purposes. The authority hopes this new development, called Greenshoots and located at Gorsey Place, Skelmersdale, will help meet that demand and create new jobs and provide new services in West Lancashire.
Housing and Regeneration specialist Keepmoat is building the units on behalf of the Council and the Council is also working with management consultants NPS on the project. The new units should be available to rent by the summer of 2016.
The development will offer businesses:
The 11 new units range from approximately 1,250 sq ft to 2,500 sq ft and will have HGV access. Gorsey Place is in Gillibrands which has excellent links with the motorway network.
Interest in the development is expected to be high and companies interested in taking one or more of the units can contact the Council’s Estates Team on 01695 712616 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Councillor Ian Moran, Leader of West Lancashire Borough Council and portfolio holder for Economic Regeneration, said: “This project will boost the local economy by helping local businesses and attracting new ones to the borough, all of which will help create jobs in West Lancashire. There haven’t been many developments in this area to build modern industrial units of this size for rent and we are doing this to meet the demand and demonstrate our confidence in Skelmersdale as a place to do business.
“If this scheme proves as successful as we expect then we will look at doing more projects to create new and improved business premises."
Keepmoat plans to work with the Council, West Lancashire College and local training agencies to provide traineeships and work experience placements for local people.
Jeff Hook, construction director for Keepmoat in the North West said: “As with all of our schemes, we have committed to investing in training and apprenticeships, which will not only serve to tackle the skills shortage our industry is facing, but will support local people in progressing within the trade. We are delighted to be working in partnership with the Council on this project, which will deliver some much-needed new business units and wider investment in Skelmersdale.”
The development is expected to cost £1.7m, this being financed by a combination of Council resources set aside for such purposes and prudentially borrowing the remainder.
The Council can help businesses to search for land and business property of all types and offer a range of other business support including signposting to finance; networking and events; skills and workforce solutions such as support to take on apprentices. To find out more visit business.