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Winter 2008 Issue 33

HaltonToday Jobs Boom to Follow Merger Foreword Cllr Rob Polhill Executive Board Member Halton Borough Council

Up to 1,000 new jobs could be created in Widnes after a £138m merger between cult road haulage firm Eddie Stobart and property and ports firm Westbury. The new Stobart Group will combine Warrington-based Eddie Stobart, famous for its fleet of red and green lorries, with Westbury’s growing ports and logistics business that includes Weston Point Docks, at Runcorn. The Westbury acquisition gives the Stobart Group a stock market listing with a market capitalisation around £250m. The new Stobart Group has also bought Widnes-based freight handling firm O’Connor, which owns a rail freight depot in the town, for £23m. Westbury and O’Connor are already working together on plans to create an £80m road-rail freight interchange at Widnes. The group wants to build 1million sq ft of new warehousing at Widnes which could create up to 1,000 new jobs within 18 months. Westbury Investment Manager Richard Burrell said: “This is a fantastic deal for the North West.Talks with Halton Borough Council have already commenced. “Eddie Stobart is a first-class business in its own right and with Westbury’s deep sea, inland water-way, rail and storage businesses, we believe we have the makings of a compelling multi-modal logistics business which will bring valuable benefits to customers and shareholders.” The planned road-rail freight terminal at Widnes, the Mersey Multi-modal Gateway, has been under discussion

for some time, with O’Connor and Halton Borough Council among its key partners. In March this year, Westbury bought distribution specialist AHC, which owned land adjacent to O’Connor’s property in Widnes. That deal was part of Westbury’s long-term strategy for the site, that culminated in the merger announcement. Together, the AHC and O’Connor land total 143 acres. Westbury bought Weston Point in Runcorn from British Waterways in April for £10m. Last year it announced plans for an investment of about £20m to transform the site into an intermodal hub. Under the group’s new plans, freight unloaded at Weston Point could either be put straight on to the National Rail network or taken by rail to Widnes to be put on Eddie Stobart lorries. Eddie Stobart managing director William Stobart – the son of original founder Eddie – said: “We believe the face of transport is changing as customers look for more efficient and carbon-friendly solutions. There is a huge potential for companies who can respond to this demand and offer a fully-integrated transport solution. “A key part of the strategy of the enlarged business will be to invest in the new port at Runcorn and maximise development opportunities at Widnes to create an inter-modal port facility with road, rail and deep sea and inland waterway access capable of handling significant cargo volumes, linked to the haulage network.”

For a number of years there has been a general realisation that diversification is the key to the economic future of Halton. With that in mind the Borough Council, through it’s economic development and regeneration activities, has been pursuing a number of policies designed to overcome Halton’s traditional reliance on the manufacturing sector and introduce new, high value jobs into the Borough. A quick glance at this, the current, issue of Halton Today will bear witness to that policy bearing fruit. For example, the creation of Turnstone Business Park at Widnes Waterfront by Priority Sites is the first, high specification, speculative office development in Widnes for many a long year and evidence of increasing investor confidence in the town. Confidence, which is further manifest by the advanced, plans of developers Langtree Group and the Forward Partnership to also bring to the market new office schemes in Widnes Similarly, huge financial investment in Halton by radically different household names such as the Stobart Group and Sony clearly demonstrates that big international companies feel that Halton is a good place to do business. Clearly, the economy of Halton is building momentum which will see the Borough increasingly on the radar of developers and major corporates alike.


Fresenius Kabi Ltd and Calea UK Ltd Open New Headquarters and Aseptic Manufacturing and Dispensing Unit Earlier in the year, Runcorn-based companies Fresenius Kabi Ltd and Calea celebrated the official opening of their combined Headquarters and Aseptic Manufacturing & Dispensing Facility on Manor Park. Previously spread over three sites between Runcorn and Birchwood, but now enjoying the convenience of being under one roof and sharing one platform of operational excellence, the companies jointly employ over 350 people in the UK. A local employer since the late 1980’s Fresenius Kabi is Europe’s leading healthcare company in the field of clinical nutrition and infusion therapy and Calea provides high technology clinical homecare to patients throughout the UK, distributing a range of products to support the care of critically ill patients both in hospital and at home, ranging from those suffering with Cystic Fibrosis to patients with intestinal failure and patients in intensive care.

Mersey Gateway consultation results announced Following an extensive pre-planning application consultation programme, the Mersey Gateway project has confirmed that local users of the new crossing will receive the priority on tolling discounts.

The new bridge, which is planned to open in 2014, will significantly ease the congestion on the existing Silver Jubilee Bridge, as well as improving the local and regional traffic network. It will enhance access to Halton for businesses and visitors alike and will be a catalyst for the wider regeneration programme that the borough will implement in the future. As the project team works towards submitting the planning application in the spring of 2008, the results of the consultation are a fundamental component in the planning process. Four key issues arose during the consultation that the project team is now focusing on. These are:

With assistance from the NWDA in the form of a Selective Finance for Investment (SFI) grant of £489,000 and support from Halton Borough Council, the company has strengthened its presence in the North West region through investment in new premises and constructing a state-of-the-art aseptic manufacturing unit [ASU], which will be the largest in the UK, guaranteeing patient safety in preparing medication and clinical nutrition using the latest in clean room technology. The opening of the new headquarters and ASU will create new local employment opportunities and by the end of 2007, a further 50 people will be recruited to work at the new headquarters.

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• Tolling - this was the primary concern for respondents although many recognised the need for the tolls in order to support the Mersey Gateway. However, as a result of the feedback, the project has confirmed its commitment to prioritising discounts for local users of the new crossing. Other options such as discounts for regular users or off-peak use have not been ruled out. • Central Expressway - concerns for the Central Expressway were also raised, as traffic heading for the new crossing will be diverted along it. The project is now working with its team of engineers to investigate how measures such as noise barriers and landscaping could be integrated into the plans to try and minimise the impact of the extra traffic expected along the route. • Possible new M56 junction - as the crossing will also improve links across the region, a new junction - the 11a - on the M56 would enable the traffic on the motorway to easily access the new bridge and its improved road network. Discussions are already well underway with the Highways Agency about this proposal and the

project team will be able to confirm shortly if this will go ahead as part of its proposals. • Impact on businesses - while the planned route for the Mersey Gateway does not impact upon residential properties it does affect a number of business premises in the South Widnes and at Astmoor in Runcorn. Following discussions with this group of stakeholders, the project team is in the process of fast tracking its plans for advance purchase arrangements. This will ensure that the affected businesses will have ample time to plan for their future in Halton. Cllr Tony McDermott, Leader of Halton Borough Council and Chair of the Mersey Gateway Executive Board said: “We know that local businesses are keen to hear the detail of our plans, and as a result of the consultation we are now fast-tracking our advance purchase plans. We have already written to all the businesses directly affected and will be in close contact with them over the coming months and years to ensure they know what their options are.” Steve Nicholson, Mersey Gateway Project Director, said: “We know that tolling is an issue that causes concerns, but nearly half of the 90,000 vehicles crossing the Silver Jubilee Bridge every day travel through Halton without stopping.Tolling is the fairest way of ensuring that these drivers, who will use and benefit from the new bridge as it will make their journey faster and more reliable, contribute towards its cost.” Following the success of the consultation programme, the project team is now confident that the views of the residents and businesses within Halton and the wider region will be addressed in the planning application. To download the full consultation report or find out more about the project visit www.merseygateway.co.uk


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DARESBURY SCIENCE AND INNOVATION CAMPUS CELEBRATES 50 TENANTS Daresbury Science and Innovation Campus recently announce the arrival of its 50th tenant company. The 50th company to join the Campus is Quantum Detectors, a spin-out from the Science & Technology Facilities Council, specialising in detector technology, a major strength on the Daresbury Campus. Roger Goldsbrough, Director of Quantum Detectors said: “In the Daresbury Innovation Centre we are perfectly placed to benefit from the worldclass scientific facilities of the Daresbury Laboratory in close proximity and a ready-made network of like-minded innovators, entrepreneurs and support

communities within the Centre. The impressive, modern building houses a superb facility in which to grow our new business.” Daresbury Science and Innovation Campus is a partnership of the universities of Lancaster, Liverpool and Manchester as well as Halton Borough Council, North West Development Agency and the Science and Technology Facilities Council and was established to create commercial opportunities out of the existing world-class scientific capabilities at the Daresbury Laboratory. Key to the success of the overall Campus is the Daresbury Innovation Centre, which provides a focused centre of excellence for scientific and hitech companies, and has attracted many businesses across a number of market sectors including digital / ICT, healthcare, electronics, instrumentation and advanced engineering. This is supported by the rapidly growing Daresbury Network and access2experts programme which brings together a powerful community of high tech SMEs, multinational companies, universities, service providers and other business support organisations. John Leake, General Manager of Daresbury Science and Innovation Campus, said: ”We are delighted to have reached the milestone of 50 hi-tech tenant companies and look forward to supporting these businesses as they grow and develop. ”

Sony Acquires Runcorn Games Developer in £16 million Deal The owners of Runcorn-based Evolution Studios have sold their computer games business to Sony Computer Entertainment. Evolution’s principal game, Motorstorm, is the million selling number hit title sold with the PlayStation 3 console having topped the computer games charts in Europe, Japan and the United States. The company established its reputation as the successful developer of the World Rally Championship series on PlayStation2 and the studio is currently working on the next instalment of the Motorstorm franchise for PS3, scheduled for release in 2008.

The Heath wins another major regional business award SOG Ltd, owner and operator of The Heath Business and Technical Park in Runcorn, has scooped another prestigious business award underpinning the company’s astonishing success story. SOG was named as Alliance & Leicester Commercial Bank Medium Business of the Year in the 2007 Liverpool Daily Post Regional Business Awards. The judging panel declared:“Not only has this company done a remarkable job in breathing new life into what was ICI’s abandoned laboratories, they are also setting about constructing new buildings on adjacent land and will, therefore, attract even more high-value science and technology jobs to the region.”

SOG Ltd Managing Director Peter Cook (centre) with Debbie Thompson of Alliance and Leicester Commercial Bank and broadcaster Peter Sissons, who hosted the event.

The judges also noted that SOG had achieved its remarkable success without a single penny of public funding. SOG took charge of the former ICI Chemicals’ headquarters in Runcorn, Cheshire, in 2000 when ICI announced it was closing the site. Since then it has transformed it into a pioneering business park that has attracted around 180 businesses, employing more than 1,900 people. SOG has established the location as one of UK industry’s great modern-day success stories with more people working at The Heath today than in the halcyon days of ICI. This latest accolade follows a series of awards won by SOG acknowledging its achievements. Last year Managing Director Dr Peter Cook was named Cheshire Business Person of the Year while SOG also won Halton Chamber of Commerce and Enterprise’s Inspirational Business of theYear for 2006. Dr Cook, who collected the latest award at a black-tie ceremony attended by 500 guests and hosted by broadcaster Peter Sissons in Liverpool’s St George’s Hall, said:“We are absolutely delighted that a company based in Runcorn has been recognised by receiving such a prestigious business award from the city of Liverpool.We see it as a testament to the increasing expanding role we play across Cheshire, Merseyside and the entire north-west region.” Halton Today 3


JFC PLASTICS MOVE TO ASTMOOR JFC Plastics Ltd, one of the UK’s largest recyclers of post consumer plastic bottles, is relocating to Astmoor Industrial Estate from its current base in St Helens. The manufacturing plant currently being installed in Hardwick Road will be producing a‘super clean’ PET bottle flake for re-use in food grade packaging applications, and a HDPE twin-wall drainage pipe for use in the construction industry. The drainage pipe (also known as Corrie Pipe) was recently awarded the Chartered Institute of Waste Management’s inaugural Award for Environmental Excellence in the Construction Industry.

Funding Permits Great Leap Forward The Forward Partnership has secured over £1m of combined public funding for major regeneration work on Widnes Waterfront. The development firm has welcomed the approval £550,000 from the European Regional Development Fund under the North West’s Objective Two programme and £540,000 the Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA) - for the construction of light industrial and office accommodation. Forward’s £4.5m scheme will regenerate two sites in the area. The first site, located off Brown Street, is adjacent to the newly developed Heron Business Park and will become Forward Business Park with 11 double-height, single-storey, hi–tech light industrial units. The second is Forward Point at the junction of Tan House Lane and Moss Bank at one of the key access points to Widnes Waterfront, where planning approval has also been granted for three modern, flexible office buildings with glass façades.

Chris Wright of Forward Partnership

Alcohol in the workplace In 2004 the Government produced the National Alcohol Harm Reduction Strategy, which underlined the important part alcohol plays in the UK economy. The strategy identified certain harms that are connected to alcohol misuse, one of which is the loss of productivity and profitability in the workplace, estimated to be worth £6.4bn each year to the economy. Each year up to 17m working days are lost due to alcohol related sickness alone. The company is at the forefront of plastics recycling in the UK and has invested heavily in a unique state of the art manufacturing plant to produce high quality products demonstrating both proximity and closed loop packaging recycling. The recycling industry is undergoing significant expansion at present to ensure national recycling targets and obligations are met. The new JFC plant plays a significant role in this, and will have a capacity of 25,000 tonnes per year, while initially employing around 50 people on the site. The JFC group of companies has manufacturing activities in the UK, Ireland and Poland, with sales offices throughout Europe. Its primary industrial activities are focussed on plastics rotational moulding, agricultural supplies, water treatment plant., land drainage and plastics recycling. 4 Halton Today

Addressing alcohol misuse in the workplace has distinct advantages: • Safeguarding the well being of the workforce, and helping early identification of workers who may be experiencing difficulties with alcohol misuse. • Ensures employee and public safety • Safeguards the organisation from claims • Maintains the external image and reputation of the organisation • Improves productivity and therefore profitability Businesses should have in place a policy that encourages and supports employees with alcohol problems to seek help at the earliest opportunity. Jane Fradley, a Health Improvement Specialist responsible for alcohol at Halton and St Helens PCT, can offer any business in Halton free support and advice in the following areas :-

• If you have a workplace alcohol policy in place currently, ensuring that it is reviewed and in line with legislation and good practice. • If you do not have a workplace alcohol policy, ensuring that you have the advice and support needed to implement a policy. • Offering brief intervention alcohol training to occupational health staff to ensure early identification of employees with alcohol related problems. • Alcohol awareness training for all employees. • Help setting up information points in workplaces, to ensure that posters and leaflets about alcohol related topics, where to access help and a copy of the company’s alcohol policy are available. For further information contact Jane on 01928 593005 or jane.fradley@hsthpct.nhs.uk


HaltonToday Turnstone Business Park on target for February completion

Millbank Millbank, the Runcorn based engineering and commercial recruitment services group have signed a five year agreement with AMEC to manage their recruitment supplier base serving their nuclear business. Millbank, whose group companies supply engineering and commercial staff to a wide range of industries, have a long history of association with the nuclear industry.

Turnstone Business Park at Widnes Waterfront is on track to open in February 2008 and, indeed, already has one entire hybrid unit under offer. The Priority Sites development, fronting Earle Road and Dennis Road, totals 60,000 ft2 and is made up of thirteen modern high specification offices and six hybrid, that is office and assembly space over two floors, units. Councillor Rob Polhill said: “Turnstone Business Park is a key development at the Waterfront and the news that its first occupier is close is tremendously encouraging. “In just a few short months the site has been radically transformed and the determination and capability of everyone involved will soon result in new jobs for Widnes.”

Visitors to The Waterfront in recent months will have noticed the development taking shape as the construction process gathered momentum. Priority Sites is providing its hallmark recipe of high quality office and hybrid accommodation, which has been very popular among a variety of occupiers across the country. The properties are being marketed toward businesses looking to relocate or expand and are looking for some of the very best accommodation around. Interested parties should contact joint letting agents Richard Wharton at King Sturge on 0161 236 8793 or Colin Cawley at Eileen Bilton on 01925 444700.

Millbank Director, Stephen Wilde said: “We are proud to have been selected by AMEC as their resourcing business partner. This is an exciting time to be involved in the nuclear industry. With decommissioning and clean up operations advancing on so many sites simultaneously there is the opportunity for organisations like AMEC to take control of long term projects requiring large numbers of staff. We aim to set a new standard in terms of managing recruitment operations for AMEC.” AMEC’s Vice President of HR and Capability Development, Karen Pepper said: “We have adopted this innovative recruitment solution to ensure we are able to deliver against the business requirements and effectively compete in an increasingly competitive market”. Millbank will manage recruitment operations from an on-site base at AMEC’s nuclear headquarters in Knutsford covering all sites throughout the UK. Selected suppliers will supplement Millbank’s own recruitment service to ensure AMEC has access to all the specialist skills required to fulfill their nuclear projects.

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Business Bridge Business Bridge, a joint initiative between Liverpool John Moores University,The University of Liverpool, Liverpool Hope University and the University of Chester is an externally funded brokerage service, which aims to provide a dual service to both students and North West business. Business Bridge provides businesses with cost effective highly skilled pre-graduate staff. Students will benefit from relevant work experience to help expand career opportunities after they graduate. Business Bridge work with both large and small organisations matching needs to the skills of knowledgeable, enthusiastic and motivated students. Businesses employ students as a normal member of staff and pay them directly. Business Bridge is not an agency and does not take a percentage of the hourly rate. Bethan Evans, a University of Liverpool student carried an excellent piece of research for Halton Council. The study was to assess the feasibility of developing a “Business Improvement District”. David Owen, Head of Business Development at the Department of Economic Regeneration said “The big advantage is that the efficient process worked for us. The responsiveness was impressive. Bethan is an excellent student, she applied herself showing tremendous potential and produced an excellent piece of work that will inform council policy. Bethan was flexible as this research was initially delayed due to various circumstances. She had an excellent grasp of our needs and will prove a valuable asset to any would be employer. Bethan fitted in and was immediately popular with work colleagues quickly establishing a good rapport. I am happy to approach Bethan to carry out future research for the department.”

Kathryn Hosker studied a Computer Science course at Liverpool John Moores University and worked with Plexus Cotton Ltd, in Birkenhead. Kathryn worked in IT support for 2 days per week during the semester then full time in the summer months and her abilities were described by the company as “first class”. After graduating and a period of travelling in 2002, Kathryn was employed by Plexus Cotton Ltd on a permanent basis as a Network Administrator. Kathryn remains there today and is a classic example of retaining valuable talent in the region. For further information about Business Bridge call 0151 231 8070 or visit www.business-bridge.org.uk

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) The Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) scheme is a grant funded initiative of long standing organised by the Technology Strategy Board and regarded by Government as amongst the world’s leading initiatives to inject fresh ideas into business. KTP provides resources and expertise to thriving organisations that wish to innovate, expand or improve their performance.The scheme introduces knowledge, technology and skills currently missing from a business, through a Partnership with a knowledge base partner (usually a University) which can last between 1-3 years and embeds a high calibre graduate in a company backed by an academic to supply key expertise and substantial mentoring.

Currently there are close to 1,000 such KTP projects up and running within the UK. The metrics of the impacts of the KTP scheme are both audited and impressive with companies reporting improvements in employment, investment and both immediate and on-going levels of profit (~£225,000/ annum on average). Biomer Technology Ltd., based in Runcorn, is a Cheshire company developing novel polymers for application in medical devices which has successful experience of using the KTP scheme. The Managing Director, Dr Simon Dixon says “The KTP scheme has enabled us to accelerate our product development and diversify into new markets. This has proved a quick and cost effective route to improving our business performance”. Businesses of almost all sizes in most industries and commercial sectors are eligible for KTP grants and can apply at any time throughout the year. KTP scheme achievements have been recognised in the recent review of the UK’s science and innovation system carried out by Lord Sainsbury. His recommendations, subsequently accepted by Government, included doubling the number of KTP programmes to be funded. If you want to learn more about how your company could benefit by using KTP, contact Dr Andy Jones, KTP Director, at the Business Gateway, University of Liverpool (andy.jones@liv.ac.uk; tel. 0151 794 8026).

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What is REACH? Described as the most important EU legislation for 20 years, REACH stands for Registration, Evaluation and Authorisation of Chemicals. It aims to ensure chemicals which are harmful to human health or the environment are no longer available in Europe.

Jensen Court Acting on behalf of their client Urban Waterside, the Colliers CRE Manchester logistics and industrial team have began marketing Jensen Court on Astmoor Industrial Estate, Runcorn. The property comprises a modern industrial estate of 66,000 sq ft built in the early 1980’s. Units on the estate range in size from 3,000 to 9,700 sq ft are available on either a freehold or leasehold basis. Urban Waterside recently acquired the estate from The Duckworth Group and have subsequently carried out an extensive refurbishment programme. Since recently launching the scheme CRE have sold 2 units and currently have a third unit under offer on a leasehold basis.

The legislation is expected to have a considerable impact on businesses across the North West, home to a large portion of the UK’s chemicals industry. All chemical manufacturers and importers will have to ensure every chemical they produce is registered and tested. Any chemical which doesn’t make the grade will have to be scrapped. A major part of REACH is the requirement for manufacturers or importers of substances to register them with a central European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) A registration package will be supported by a standard set of data on that substance. The amount of data required is proportionate to the amount of substance manufactured or supplied.

imported into the EU in quantities of 1 tonne per year or more. Generally, it applies to all individual chemical substances on their own, in preparations or in articles (if the substance is intended to be released during normal and reasonably foreseeable conditions of use from an article). Some substances are, however, specifically excluded or covered by more specific legislation, have tailored provisions. In October, Defra nominated The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to be the UK Competent Authority for REACH, working closely with the Environment Agency, and other partners to manage certain key aspects of the REACH system in the UK.

If substances aren’t registered they can no longer be legally manufactured or supplied.

For further information about the scope of the REACH legislation and for advice and support to register substances contact HSE Reach Helpdesk on 0845 408 9575 or via email at ukreachca@hse.gsi.gov.uk

REACH applies to substances manufactured or

http://www.hse.gov.uk/chemicals/reach.htm

Daniel Maslin of Colliers CRE comments: “The premises provide a rare opportunity to acquire small, newly refurbished, modern industrial units in Runcorn. The high quality refurbishment programme and the evident lack of freehold supply have been key factors which have generated strong occupier demand. The recent activity demonstrates that the demand for small freehold industrial units in the northwest still remains strong.”

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Expansion and Growth BUSINESS IMPROVEMENT DISTRICTS FOR ASTMOOR & HALEBANK! Halton is to get two new Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) following a ground-breaking move that set a national precedent. In recent ballots companies on the Astmoor Industrial Estate in Runcorn and the Halebank Estate in Widnes voted in favour of creating Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) in their respective areas.

When a BID vote is successful, an additional levy is charged on top of the resident business or landlord’s existing business rates bill.This money is then ‘ringfenced’ and used to further improvements, such as enhanced crime prevention and security measures, general environmental uplifts, improved signage or more comprehensive maintenance. The money collected is independent of local authority control and is managed by an Executive Board made up of business representatives and an estate manager. The ‘Yes’ votes means that formal BID plans will be rolled out for the two estates from next April and will be in place for five years.The BID plans have significant security improvement measures at the heart of their proposals. Cllr Rob Polhill, Executive Board Member, Regeneration and Renewal, said: “This is good news for Halton as it shows the faith that the local business community has in the borough. It is also a encouraging to see businesses coming together to improve things for everyone”

Widnes Trade Park Manchester based developer Property Alliance is set to build another 50,000 ft2 at Widnes Trade Park. The announcement follows hot on the heels of successful lettings to Dulux and Screwfix who have both signed leases for 10,000 ft2 units adjacent to the new B&Q store at Widnes Waterfront.

Halton is the first local authority in the UK to successfully administer two ballots in separate areas at the same time. Businesses opt to set up a BID to create dedicated funds that help bring improvements to their industrial area or town centres.The process consists of a formal postal ballot with voting, in this case, taking place over a four-week period from November to early December.

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A pre-lets has also been secured from Edmundson Electrical Limited. The remaining 30,000 ft is available in units from 3,500 ft2 from £6.95 per ft2. Gareth Bennett, Halton Borough Council, Dave Farrell, Chair Halebank Steering Group, Greville Kelly, Groundwork, Gary Chester, Chair, Winsford 1-5 BID

The development of the two BIDs came about as a direct result of the creation of business-led steering groups on the estates. Regular meetings over the last three years identified and resolved a range of issues such as traffic-calming measures, improved signage and, in the case of Halebank Industrial Estate, the creation of an estate-wide CCTV system. Having seen the benefits of working together the businesses were anxious to see the process of further improvements to their respective industrial estates continue. As a result the businesses decided that the next step would be to consider the development of a BID as a way of continuing that process in order to make both Astmoor and Halebank safe and secure places to do business both now and in the future. Further information regarding the development of the Business Improvement Districts for both Astmoor and Halebank Industrial Estate can be obtained from Gareth Bennett, Business Parks Officer at Halton Borough Council on 01928 516123.

CBRE and Atlas Property Consultants are joint agents at Widnes Trade Park.

Easter Park Local company Edwards Engineering has signed for a 15,000 ft2 unit at Easter Park in Widnes. The site is owned by United Utilities Property Solutions who have brought on board Easter Group to develop a new 250,000 ft2 business park at Bennett’s Lane adjacent to the Widnes Waterfront programme area. The first phase of the park has just been completed and comprises of four detached industrial\ distribution units of 15,000, 21,000, 26,000 and 40,000 ft2. Letting agents at Easter Park are Jones Lang LaSalle, Knight Frank and Savills

For information and advice please contact: The Economic Regeneration Service - Halton Borough Council Tel: 01928 516124 Email: property@halton.gov.uk www.runcorn-widnes.com

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