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26 July 2012

Cheshire West and Chester Council and Ellesmere Port’s Development board have today (Thursday) welcomed the announcement by leading horticulture specialists William Sinclair Holding PLC that they intend to relocate to the town.

The move – which could see the potential creation of up to 250 direct and indirect jobs, many of which will be available to local people – will see the company take up a significant site on New Bridge Road, using many of the buildings already on site.

Chairman of the Ellesmere Port Development Board, Robert Mee, and senior staff from the Council’s Regeneration Service had been working closely with the previous landowner and subsequently William Sinclair to help secure the deal for the town.

Council Leader Mike Jones said today: “This is yet more tremendous news for Ellesmere Port and builds upon the town’s recent successes in attracting big businesses to the area.

“The Council team, including the Ellesmere Port Development Board, have worked extremely hard to secure this relocation for the town and I understand that William Sinclair has been overwhelmed with the attitude and pace of Council officers in accommodating their needs – understanding the benefits this will bring to our local community.

“This is a national headquarters coming to Ellesmere Port and the announcement shows that the town is open for business in a big way – and we are hoping for similar announcements in the near future. We have the sites, the workforce and a fantastic, well-connected location.” 

The news follows recent announcements by Marks & Spencer, Debenhams, Jaguar Land Rover, Regatta, Honda and Travel Lodge to make the town their home.

Chairman of the Ellesmere Port Development Board, Robert Mee, said: “William Sinclair is a long-established and highly successful business and I am delighted to welcome them to Ellesmere Port.

“Today’s news shows that the town is continuing to be successful in attracting new businesses because it provides good value, good communications and a good location and we are now working closely with them to secure local employment opportunities for Ellesmere Port residents.

“We are often in competition with other sites across the country, and the fact that we are continuing to secure deals to bring new business to the town in these difficult times is testament to the opportunities available here.

“There is still land available in Ellesmere Port for purpose-built developments and with a ‘can do’ attitude from the Development Board and Cheshire West and Chester Council, I look forward to working with more developers in the future and creating job opportunities – especially for our young people.”

Buildings and facilities needed for the company to operate are already available throughout the site. William Sinclair is now anticipating a phased occupation of the new site as it expands its operations into new areas including increasing production levels of SuperFyba, its sustainable peat free product.

Bernard Burns, Chief Executive of William Sinclair Holdings PLC, said: “We looked closely at over 50 sites in our search for suitable premises to support the company’s growth strategy and Ellesmere Port’s offering was unmistakeable.

“We estimate that Ellesmere Port will reduce the distance travelled by our vehicles by more than 1,000,000 miles each year and lead to significant improvements in service levels enjoyed by our customers in an industry where speed of delivery is critical.

“Purchasing the site is a significant strategic development for William Sinclair and will provide the company with the right facilities to capitalise on the expanding horticulture industry and consolidate its market leadership.”

Opposition Leader and local member, Councillor Justin Madders, said: “This is great news for Ellesmere Port. The town has a strong and proud history of manufacturing and I am absolutely delighted that we can now build on that.

“I hope that many local residents benefit through the local employment opportunities that today’s news will bring. I will ensure that we continue to update potential jobseekers as their relocation progresses.”