Multi-Ply set for new home at enterprise zone

Blackpool Council has approved the construction of a 40,000 sq ft commercial unit at the resort's enterprise zone.

The custom-built premises will provide headquarters for Multi-Ply Components, a world-leading specialist in the design and manufacture of carbon fibre composite components for medical x-ray equipment.

Multi-Ply currently employs 69 across two sites in Inskip and Great Eccleston, and will combine its resources under one roof at the new Blackpool Airport Enterprise Zone building.

Sue Bourne, co-owner of Multi-Ply, said: "It has been a complex journey to get to this point and we are delighted that we can finally see a start to building our new premises. We have outgrown our current sites which all have agricultural connections and are just no longer suitable for our business needs.

"The new premises will enable us to expand and continue to grow our business which involves supplying key components to the medical imaging market worldwide."

Fletcher Bond Chartered Surveyors are acting on behalf of Multi-Ply and Cassidy + Ashton Architects and Planning Consultants are acting for Blackpool Council.

The new premises will enable us to expand and continue to grow.

Blackpool Council will enter into a building contract for the construction of the proposed development and Multi-Ply will take the unit on a 25 year long leasehold term.

Cllr Mark Smith, cabinet member for business, enterprise and job creation, said: "This flagship development will be the first bespoke build on Phase 1 development land at the eastern gateway of the site, earmarking a significant move forward with the regeneration plans, bringing valuable skilled employment opportunities to the area and providing a catalyst for future private sector development and investment over the next few years.”

Lancashire Enterprise Partnership’s Growth Deal Funding contributed £800,000 to the project. Chair Steve Fogg said: "The development will contribute to the continuing transformation of Blackpool and has the potential to create a number of new jobs for the area.

"Locating to these new premises will allow Multi-ply Components to invest in research and development into new product lines which I hope will enable the company to grow from strength to strength and continue to increase its
workforce. This is welcome news for both the local and wider economies."

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