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Escrick Business Park

News from Escrick Business Park

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Growth business powers on at Escrick

Growth business powers on at Escrick

June 2013

Another York company has seen business grow following a move to S Harrison’s Escrick Business Park south of the city.  With over 23000 sq ft of warehousing and 16000 sq ft of offices already occupied the development currently provides jobs for around 150 people with more in the pipeline.

 

“It’s a thriving new business community with its own private crèche on site and such good access and parking it has proved a real winner for ambitious growth businesses,” says Phil Hill of York based company S Harrison which developed the site.

 

Just five months after moving to new headquarters at Escrick Business Park, Sumec UK has taken on five new staff and installed its own solar panel system to provide power to run its offices and recharge its fork-lift truck.

 

When the business moved to its new 10,000 sq ft warehouse in December 2012, it had hopes to increase staffing to 20 by the end of 2013.  By the end of April staff count already totalled 17 and the company has plans for further expansion as it explores new markets in the renewable energy sector.

 

For sales manager Steve Hall it has been a busy time.  “We’ve created 3000 sq ft of office space within the warehousing complex which now houses our admin team and the sales and service support team for our garden and power tools business.  We have demonstration areas and training facilities for customers on site too.”

 

The offices also house a studio where a Sumec team designs power and garden tools primarily for the own-brand sector.

 

On the renewables side of its business, Sumec has ‘put its money where its mouth is’ installing an 8kW solar power generation system on the warehouse roof.  “It’s multi-purpose,” explains Steve.  “Yes, it provides power for the office and to recharge our electric fork-lift truck, as well as providing cash into the business through the feed in tariff.  But it does more than that.  We have installed two separate systems, one with individual inverters and one with a communal inverter, so we can compare the performance of each, and demonstrate to our customers the benefits they deliver.”

 

Now the company is looking at the potential of wind power generation as it explores new green avenues for growth.

 

“The move to Escrick Business Park has proved a real catalyst for growth,” says Steve.  “The quality of the space is excellent and there is real community feeling about the place. What’s more we’ve been able to complete our fit-out programme using exclusively local professionals and tradespeople and we’ve been delighted with the quality of workmanship.”

 

A handful of warehousing and office units remain available – freehold or leasehold – via agents MPC.