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Friday, October 21, 2016

The Greenwood Business Centre in Skelmersdale now open

The Council is delighted to announce that its new £1.7m business centre in Skelmersdale is now open.

Eleven high quality, new industrial units will be targeted at small to medium sized enterprises and will create new jobs.

West Lancashire Borough Council has developed the Greenwood Business Centre at Gorsey Place, Skelmersdale, to help meet demand for smaller factory units suitable for distribution, light industry and manufacturing purposes.

The development will offer businesses:

  • A first class business location
  • A secure, gated facility
  • Generous car-parking
  • Modern, high specification units
  • Flexible terms and competitive rents

The units range from approximately 1,300 sq ft to 2,150 sq ft and are ideally suited for small to medium sized businesses. Gorsey Place, Gillibrands has direct links with the motorway network, minutes from the M58/M6 and the wider north-west.

The units are being snapped up fast by local companies and inward investors, and five are already are reserved. Companies interested in taking a unit can contact the Council’s Estates Team on 01695 712616 or email aidan.manley@westlancs.gov.uk.

The cost of the new Greenwood Business Centre is around £1.74m and is being financed by a combination of Council resources set aside for such purposes and prudentially borrowing the remainder.

Councillor Ian Moran, Leader of West Lancashire Borough Council and Portfolio Holder for Economic Regeneration, said: “The Council is investing in the Borough and the Greenwood Business Centre provides great value for money. The scheme will create jobs, boost the local economy and the rental revenue will help the Council balance its budget.

“We are ambitious for the economy and the project complies with priorities in the Council Plan to retain and grow jobs and encourage business and wealth.

"This scheme is already a great success and we may look to develop more projects to create new and improved business premises.”

Housing and Regeneration specialist Keepmoat has built the units on behalf of the Council and the authority has also worked with management consultants NPS on the project. Keepmoat worked 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: “Keepmoat are delighted to have been part of this fantastic scheme which has allowed us to play an integral part in delivering these great new premises and to continue our working in Partnership with West Lancashire Borough Council.

The scheme will provide young new and existing businesses the opportunity to grow and flourish within a modern environment and this is another great example of the wider investment that is currently underway in the borough through commerce, skills and job creation.”

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.

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