Kingswood Lakeside Park


Site Description: Kingswood Lakeside is a premium, mixed use site extending to approximately 108 acres (gross). Located adjacent to the A5 Watling Street and Junction T7 of the M6 Toll motorway, it is about a mile south of Cannock town centre and within 3 miles of the M6 Junctions 11 and 12. Existing companies on site are Unilever Best Foods, APC, Veolia and 3663 with Phase 1 and 2 of Morston Court Office Village constructed. Trebor Developments are constructing a 102,750 sq. ft. unit. Opus land have constructed a 283,000 sq. ft. speculative unit. Graftongate and Exeter Group have developed a 372,000 sq ft distribution unit (M6DC).

Overall Developable Land: 44 hectares (100 acres)

Planning Use: B1, B2, B8 and C1

Site Owner: Staffordshire County Council, Trebor Developments, Graftongate and Exeter, Opus Land

Planning Authority: Cannock Chase District Council

Major Local Companies: ATP Industries Group, Linecross Composites, Glynwed Pipe Systems, Finning UK, Gestamp Tallent Automotive, APC, Veolia

Workforce: 567,057 within a thirty minute drive time

Sat Nav: WS11 8JH


Birmingham 22 miles (30km)
London 135 miles (218 km)
Manchester 80 miles (130 km)
Sheffield 62 miles (100 km)
Stoke-on-Trent 30 miles (48 km)
Folkestone 214 miles (345 km)
Harwich 202 miles (325 km)
Hull 156 miles (251 km)
Southampton 193 miles (310 km)
Birmingham 31 miles (51 km)
Manchester 95 miles (105 km)
Nottingham East Midlands 56 miles (89 km)
M1 (Junction 21) 55 miles (89 km)
M6 (Junction 11) 4 miles (6 km)
M6 (Junction 12) 5 miles (8 km)

Civil Engineer appointed for new APC Overnight facility

Tuesday, 11th of September 2012

Rodgers Learsk have been appointed as the Civil and Structural Engineer working alongside Opus Land to develop the new 140,000 sq ft National Sortation Centre and office facility for APC overnight at their new Kingswood Lakeside site.

APC wins approval for National Logistics Hub…

Thursday, 22nd of December 2011

APC Overnight has now gained planning approval for a new AL14m National Logistics Hub on Kingswood Lakeside in Cannock. The 128,000sqft bespoke unit will employ around 500 staff and triple the existing throughput of parcels. Opus Land is the preferred developer for the scheme.

APC choose Kingswood Lakeside for new hub…

Friday, 21st of October 2011

Subject to planning, APC Overnight, the UK’s largest next day delivery network, is to relocate from its existing Essington facility to a purpose built 121,000sqft custom built hub on Kingswood Lakeside in Cannock. The scheme also includes a 2 storey detached office unit of around 9,000sqft and if approved the project will safeguard 300 jobs and create a further 150. Opus Land is the developer partner and the project is sceheduled to be operational by the end of 2012.

Ivor Skinner, APC Overnight managing director, said: “The new hub is essential to APC’s national operations and future development; it is a major investment made possible through the growth we are enjoying across the APC network.”We are also equipping the new hub with advanced systems that will boost productivity and efficiency.”

Sod cutting signals start on Veolia HQ

Monday, 11th of October 2010

The official sod cutting at Kingswood Lakeside in Cannock signalled the start by Opus Land on building 40,000sqft of BREEAM Excellent offices for Veolia Environmental Services in Cannock and will include environmental water and power saving technologies including roof mounted solar panels, a rainwater collection system and light sensors. The development will accommodate staff from both the Wolverhampton and Walsall Veolia offices, improving cross functional working and communication across all departments.

Monday, 21st of June 2010

Waste and recycling giant BIFFA has secure a 20 acre plot on Kingswood Lakeside for a 34 megawatt Energy from Waste plant that will prevent 400,000 tonnes of non-recyclable commercial waste going to landfill and could operational by 2015. The facility could also provide heat to other companies based on the Park. In addition, BIFFA is to build an Anaerobic Digestion plant on their adjacent landfill site that will produce a further 4-5 megawatts of power from biogas.

Kingswood freehold plots for suitable projects available

Friday, 18th of June 2010

Staffordshire County Council is immediately releasing two plots of 0.5 acres and 3.5 acres for suitable projects that might typically be for technology-led companies or those companies that will generate a high number of jobs. King Sturge is acting for the County Council.

Planning Consent for Veolia

Tuesday, 13th of April 2010

Veolia Environmental Services has now received planning consent for their 47,000 sq ft BREEAM excellent office on Kingswood Lakeside Cannock.

Wednesday, 20th of January 2010

Subject to planning approval, the leading recycling company in the UK, Veolia Environmental Services, is partnering with developer Opus Land to build out 47,000sqft of BREEAM Excellent rated green office space on Kingswood Lakeside in Cannock Chase. The development will see the relocation of a number of existing offices across the region.

Kingswood 127 nears completion

Thursday, 24th of January 2008

The speculative, 126,500sqft unit by Wrenbridge is now only days away from practical completion at Kingswood Lakeside in Cannock. Sitting between units occupied by Unilever Best Foods and 3663 First for Food and within a couple of minutes from junction T7 of the M6 Toll we are not expecting this unit to be unoccupied for long.

Wrenbridge to spec industrial / warehouse unit

Thursday, 4th of January 2007

Provisional details have been submitted by Wrenbridge for a speculative build: 126,000 sq ft industrial / warehouse unit to be built on Kingswood Lakeside employment park between the established distribution centres of Unilever (DHL) and 3663 food services.

Tuesday, 17th of October 2006

Local Authority has put out for tender the opportunity to quote for the proposed Kingswood Lakeside Enterprise Centre which is to located within the Phase 2 area of the site.

Strong demand for Morston Court

Tuesday, 20th of June 2006

Demand is strong for freehold offices with five of the eleven units of the first phase of Morston Court finding occupiers before completion.

Tuesday, 16th of August 2005

The first phase of Morsten Assets’ 60,000 sq ft speculative office scheme is ready to get underway and will offer 11 self contained offices between 1,500 and 2,000 sq ft over a total area of 19,000 sq ft. Units will be available on a freehold or leasehold basis with completion scheduled for July 2006

Friday, 21st of January 2005

Morston Assets have been granted planning consent for the construction of an office village on the Kingswood Lakeside Employment Park, Cannock. The units will on offer on a freehold basis.

Friday, 23rd of January 2004

Power Europe have now exchanged contracts and are due on site next week.

Thursday, 18th of December 2003

Power Europe have been successful in gaining planning approval for a 460,000 sqft distribution centre that they will operate on behalf of Unilever Best Foods.

Wednesday, 1st of October 2003

Morston Assets are the preferred developer on Phase I which extends to 63.25 acres

Monday, 4th of August 2003

Morston Assets are expected to exercise their option on Phase I which extends to 63.25 acres.

Monday, 14th of April 2003

Freehold development site of 63 acres available for immediate development. Planning for B1/B2/B8 uses. The site is suitable for business, commercial, leisure, industrial & warehouse uses and can accommodate large users with single units up to 600,000 sqft. Design & Build options. Informal tender with unconditional offers of the freehold interest in the land to be received by no later than Friday 16th May, 2003 to David Binks at the offices of King Sturge, 1 Cornwall Street, BIRMINGHAM, B3 2DT.

Wednesday, 8th of January 2003

Development work on the Kingswood Lakeside Business Park was officially launched on 8 January 2003. The lakeside development is seen as a vital element in the county’s economic regeneration strategy. A major factor in the site’s favour is its proximity from Britain’s first toll motorway, the M6 Toll. The launch marked the start of work on phase one of the 62 acre project, which is intended to create enough commerical floorspace for 700 jobs. Phase, two expected later in the year, will open up more land for development and in the process create further jobs. In total an estimated 2,000 jobs are likely to be created. The project is being carried out in partnership between the county council and developer Morston Assets, which is investing AL5 million in the massive scheme. It is set to help meet a demand for sites along the 27-mile route of the M6 Toll linking Coleshill and Cannock which is due to open in about a year’s time. The county council said Kingswood Lakeside was a “gateway site” of enormous importance to the economic prosperity of southern Staffordshire.

Monday, 11th of November 2002

Kingswood Lakeside, on the outskirts of Cannock, is seen as crucial to the economic resurgence of southern Staffordshire. It is perceived that the scheme could create and sustain 2,000 jobs. Providing a significant boost to the local economy and attracting vital new business to the region. The 350 acre site is situated in a prime location adjacent to to the UK’s first toll motorway – the M6 Toll making it one of the most accessible business parks in the country. Phase one of the project is expected to start in Summer 2003 and will comprise more than 60 acres of office, industrial and warehouse space. The second phase of the development will comprise a further 45 acres of office and industrial space for which outline planning permission has already been secured. The schemes are expected to draw more than AL100 million of investment into the region. Completion of the project is anticipated to coincide with the opening of the M6 Toll in early 2004. As part of the project nearby natural lakes will be enhanced and the area will be further transformed by the planting of several thousand mixed deciduous trees. November 2002 Express & Star, Birmingham Post


Speculative build by Trebor / Kay Properties JV in Cannock

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Trebor Developments / Kay Properties joint venture has appointed Contractors to undertake the speculative development of a 102,000 sq ft, high quality, industrial building located at Kingswood Lakeside, Cannock.

Independent Stabilisation Company Limited has been appointed for the site preparation works and A&H Construction Limited for the main building construction.  Work will commence in May with the building ready for occupation within the next 12 months.

The building is available on a leasehold or freehold basis, on competitive terms.

Bob Tattrie, Managing Partner, of Trebor Developments commented, on behalf of the joint venture, “It is great to see Trebor/Kay Properties delivering another major speculative industrial project in the West Midlands, where there is little product available in this size range.  The highly specified building will suit manufacturing or distribution businesses and is very well located to the M6 and M6 Toll road.  We can customise the building to meet occupiers’ specific requirements.”

Trebor Developments / Kay Properties are represented by joint agents Knight Frank and JLL, Birmingham offices.

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Multi-million pound business investment creates thousands of Staffordshire jobs

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Investment totalling nearly £400million in Staffordshire business developments since 2014 will lead to the creation of over 13,000 jobs on schemes completed as part of the county council’s growth programme.

A report published today states that since 2014, economy boosting projects with a total value of £383million have been completed, are under construction or being planned. Of this total, some £56million of direct investment will come from the county council. This means that for every £1 invested by the county council an additional £15 is levered in from the private sector or from the Government.

The number of small businesses with fewer than 49 employees in Staffordshire is growing and makes up 96 per cent of all businesses in the county. Larger businesses account for 55 per cent of employment in Staffordshire, reinforcing their role in the local economy. Staffordshire has seen near full employment for some time with just one per cent of the local population claiming unemployment benefits. This is lower than both regional and national averages.

In addition to its business development investment, the county council has continued to develop its business support programme. This includes the delivery of the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Growth Hub on behalf of the Local Enterprise Partnership. The hub has helped more than 4,300 local companies since it was set up in 2014.

Redhill StaffordSuccessful development schemes have included i54 South Staffordshire, Redhill Business Park in Stafford and Kingswood Lakeside in Cannock. The county council is also supporting development at Branston Locks near Burton and Bericote Four Ashes in South Staffordshire.

Staffordshire County Council’s economic growth leader Mark Winnington said: “Staffordshire’s economy is in healthy shape and this report demonstrates how far we have come in a relatively short time. We have seen considerable investment in the last three years which has seen significant returns and will result in the creation of thousands of jobs.

“It is a county council priority to do all we can to create the right conditions for businesses to grow and thrive. As figures suggest, employment is fairly evenly distributed across large and small businesses and so it is important that we promote a mixed and balanced economy.

“We have established a number of good quality employment sites with more in the pipeline which gives us a strong basis to make the most of Government funding opportunities. We are continuing to support businesses of all sizes and attract new investment and look forward to building on our successes into 2018.”

The economic growth capital and development programme report will be discussed by the county council’s Prosperous Staffordshire Select Committee next Friday December 15.


Rapida Planning Consent At Kingswood For Trebor

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Developers have secured planning permission for a new speculative industrial unit along the M6 Toll corridor.

Trebor Developments and funding partner, Kay Properties (Midlands) have been given consent to build the 102,000 sq ft Rapida unit at Kingswood Lakeside.

The site overlooks the toll motorway to a main toll station and route’s service area at Norton Canes. The nearby Junction 7 at Churchbridge offers easy access to the lakeside site.

The building is being marketed for manufacturing or logistics uses and could be available for occupation in 2018.

Bob Tattrie, managing partner for Trebor Development, said: “The new development will provide quality, industrial, premises in an area with excellent motorway access.

“Over 700,000 sq ft of larger, industrial, premises are currently being developed in the immediate location.

“Our building, at 102,000 sq ft, will be the smallest of these, but we believe responds to occupiers needs for accommodation of that size.

“It can be available for occupation in 2018.”

Staffordshire County Council’s economic growth leader, Cllr Mark Winnington said: “Kingswood Lakeside is one of our flagship business parks with major companies operating there.

“There has been a lot of activity and new development on site recently and the Trebor unit will be another welcome addition.

“We have worked with Trebor at another of our sites at Redhill in Stafford and look forward to seeing this development in Cannock completed and ready for business as soon as possible.

“This is further demonstration of investor confidence in Staffordshire.”

Trebor Developments and Kay Properties are represented by joint agents JLL and Knight Frank, through their Birmingham offices

Conneqt at Kingswood Lakeside

Eight hundred jobs set to be created at Staffordshire business site

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Nearly eight hundred jobs are set to be created by three new developments at a Staffordshire business site with the county council now agreeing the sale of the final plot.

This week, Staffordshire County Council has begun the process of selling the final plot of land at Cannock’s Kingswood Lakeside business park, which is one of the area’s main employment sites. Already home to leading national businesses like Veolia, APC Overnight, HellermannTyton and First Choice, the site has attracted new development recently and will soon be fully occupied.

Both HellermannTyton and catering equipment supplier First Choice started operations at Kingswood Lakeside over the last eight months. New development is now taking place on two other plots. Two units are being built by Opus Land with the potential to create over 500 jobs, while Midlands-based developer Trebor will soon start work on a unit which could create 140 jobs. The final development is expected to create around 130 jobs.

Kingswood Lakeside was developed by Staffordshire County Council on a former opencast mining site. It is one of the county’s leading employment sites and lies next to junctionT7 of the M6 Toll Road and the A5.

Staffordshire County Council’s economic growth leader Mark Winnington said: “We’re now moving towards the sale of the last plot of land at Kingswood Lakeside which is a significant milestone for the site and means it will soon be fully occupied. Just taking the three new developments alone we will see the creation of nearly 800 jobs which is more good news for Staffordshire residents. Added with the hundreds already working on site and we will have one of the largest employment hubs in the county. The success of Kingswood Lakeside demonstrates why it is so important that we invest in business park development. The returns for us are not only long-term business investment and business rates, but employment for thousands and a better quality of life for Staffordshire people.”

The land sale is due to be finalised in the coming weeks.


Trebor Submits Planning Application for Kingswood Cannock

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Leading Midlandsas commercial developer, Trebor Developments and funding partner, Kay Properties (Midlands) Limited, have submitted a detailed planning application for 102,000 sq ft industrial development, which will be developed at the strategic site at Kingswood Lakeside, Cannock, close to Junction 7 of the M6 Toll and Junction 11/12 of the M6.

The submission of planning will allow the development to be available for occupation during the first half of 2018 and responds to a lack of quality manufacturing distribution premises across the West Midlands.

The announcement of the new scheme, which will be known as aRapidaa at Lakeside, Cannock, coincides with Trebor Developmentsa presence at MIPIM, the international property event, where Trebor are one of the sponsors of Make it Stoke on Trent and Staffordshire Inward Investment Service.

Bob Tattrie, Managing Partner of Trebor Developments, on behalf of Trebor and Kay Properties commented, aWe are delighted to bring forward a further, major, industrial development in the Midlands and to be developing again in Cannock, following the successful opening of the Gateway Retail Park in 2016.A The new building will provide quality accommodation to B2 (manufacturing) or B8 (logistics) users, with its excellent access onto the adjacent motorway network and at 102,000 sq ft represents a size of accommodation that is not currently generally available right across the West Midlands.A We look forward to satisfying occupiers requirements.a

Staffordshire County Councilas economic growth leader Mark Winnington said: aKingswood Lakeside is one of our flagship business parks with major companies operating there.A There has been a lot of activity and new development on site recently and the Trebor unit will be another welcome addition.A A We have worked with Trebor at another of our sites at Redhill in Stafford and look forward to seeing this development in Cannock completed and ready for business.A This is further demonstration of investor confidence in Staffordshire which weare able to showcase at MIPIM.a

Trebor Developments and Kay Properties are represented by joint agents JLL and Knight Frank, Birmingham offices.

First Choice Acquired by Global Leader

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First Choice Group, the UK’s number one supplier of spare parts for the catering industry, has been acquired by PT Holdings LLC, the parent company of Parts Town, the world’s largest distributor of OEM parts for the foodservice industry.

The stunning takeover, confirmed on 1st March 2017, gives First Choice access to the largest in-stock inventory of OEM parts on the Planet. It could also open up new avenues of business for the company in Europe and potential new partnerships with global brands.

Established in 1999 First Choice Group has established itself as the UK’s unrivalled one-stop-shop for catering and refrigeration spares. In May the company will be relocating operations to a new multi-million pound state-of-the-art building on Staffordshire’s exclusive Kingswood Lakeside site.

Director John Whitehouse said the decision to sell the business was a difficult one but one taken with the future very much in mind to benefit First Choice Group customers and manufacturers.

“The acquisition of First Choice Group by Parts Town, a $300-million distribution company, takes us to the next level and will enhance the customer experience,” he said.

“It’s very exciting. It will grow our business immeasurably and expand our stock and service capabilities to even greater heights. It also opens up the very real possibility of First Choice Group entering new markets, something we’ve long had the ambition to do.”

Fellow First Choice Director Carl Bate, added: “We’ve worked ever so hard to achieve our success and the status that comes from that success. Now we can look to the future with real enthusiasm and excitement.”

First Choice Group will continue to operate under its existing brand with John Whitehouse as Managing Director and Carl Bate as Director of Procurement and Logistics.

Chicago based Parts Town was established in 1987 as a restaurant equipment parts distribution business designed to support local field service companies with the parts required to support their customers.

It is now the dominant industry force, recognized by Inc. Magazine for six consecutive years as being one of the fastest-growing privately held companies in North America. Major chains and leading manufacturers have selected Parts Town as their primary or exclusive parts distribution partner as a result of its absolute commitment to OEM parts, unique technology and superior customer experience.

Chief Executive Officer at PT Holdings LLC, Steve Snower, said: aThis partnership further strengthens PT Holdingas market leadership in genuine OEM parts distribution. John, Carl and the whole First Choice team have built an extraordinary business. We respect and appreciate the integrity with which the business is run.

aThis new partnership enhances our ability to bring unique value to our manufacturer and customer partners.a

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Innovative company starts operations at new Staffordshire base

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Left – Cannock Chase Councilas cabinet member for economic development and planning Gordon Alcott. Back to front: Mark Winnington, Cannock Chase Council leader George Adamson, Jon Churchley, David Frost CBE.

The latest addition to a Staffordshire business park has started operations at its new base.

HellermannTyton has relocated to Cannockas Kingswood Lakeside a a site created by Staffordshire County Council from an old open cast mine. The company is a leading cable management manufacturer of products for fastening, fixing and protecting cables and connecting components. It supplies a wide range of industries from electronics to telecommunications and automotive.

The companyas new UK distribution base incorporates state-of-the-art conference facilities, along with product demonstration areas. It is developing space for the training of staff as part of HellermannTytonas academy programme and to introduce customers to the companyas extensive product range.

HellermannTytonas development saw a AL750,000 investment from the Governmentas Growing Places Fund through the Stoke-on-Trent & Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership and supported by the county council. There has been wider investment by the county council in creating Kingswood Business Park.

Jon Churchley, commercial manager at HellermannTyton, said: aWith our growth over recent years we recognised the need to accommodate the companyas ambitions and plans for the future. Our new development in Staffordshire will allow us to offer new capabilities such as customer conference facilities, while also improving our staff training facilities. Councils can play an important part in supporting businesses looking to expand a making the conditions right and carrying out the essential infrastructure work needed. In Staffordshire we have a proactive county council and LEP, making a positive contribution which makes a difference to companies like ours. We can now welcome customers to our facility that is accessible from across the country and offering new capabilities that will enhance HellermannTytonas position as a global market leader in cable management solutions.a

Staffordshire County Councilas economy leader Mark Winnington said: aKingswood Lakeside is one of our key business investment sites and welcoming HellermannTyton is further demonstration of its success. It shows how working with the LEP and other councils, we are supporting business and securing investment. This is another flagship business for Staffordshire and a leader in its sector. Its relocation here will allow the company to expand, develop the skills of its workforce and create jobs and weare pleased to have been able to support the development.a

Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership chairman David Frost CBE said: aHellermannTytonas expansion into purpose-built new premises is yet another example of success driven by the strong partnerships we have created between the public and private sectors.

aThe LEP is working with a range of local government and business partners to identify the growth opportunities that will create more and better jobs for local people and help our region to thrive.a

Meanwhile land opposite HellermannTyton is being developed to house the new headquarters of Cannock-based catering equipment distributor First Choice Group. Its developer, Opus Land, has also had plans approved by the district council for two speculative developments on two more plots, covering 14 acres of land. The developments could create up to 425 jobs. Kingswood Lakeside is already home to environmental management firm Veolia and logistics company APC Overnight.

Other county council developed business sites are now nearing full occupancy. At i54 South Staffordshire two more companies recently announced relocation to the site a British security hardware and electronics business ERA and engineering firm Tentec Ltd. Redhill in Stafford will be home to two new facilities for the townas biggest employer General Electric while a speculative unit by Birmingham developer Trebor is now nearing completion.

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New Industrial Development For Site E, Kingswood Lakeside, Cannock

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Midlandsas commercial developer, Trebor Developments and funding partner, Kay Properties (Midlands) Limited, have purchased a prominent 5 acre site, located at Kingswood Lakeside, Cannock.A The site was purchased from receivers acting on behalf of Morston Lakeside Limited.

At the Kingswood site it is proposed to develop an industrial unit of 100,000 sq ft, suitable for B1, B2 and B8 uses with development implementation in 2017 anticipated, so the unit will be ready by the end of the year.

Core_LogoThe development will be marketed as Core.

Trebor Developments completed in 2015 the Cannock Gateway Retail Park, which is located close to Site E, Kingswood Lakeside and has traded extremely well since its opening.

Bob Tattrie, Managing Partner of Trebor Developments, on behalf of the development partners commented, aThis is another major site acquisition, which will allow us to bring forward much-needed high quality, industrial, accommodation in the Midlands.A The Lakeside, Cannock, area has become very well-established for occupiers looking for good access to the motorway network, with facilities locally and good staff availability.A Hellerman Tyton, APC Parcels and First Choice are all occupiers who have relocated to Lakeside, Cannock, in the past 2 years and we expect strong interest in the new 100,000 sq ft building we will be developing.A The site is opposite a 370,000 sq ft cross-dock speculative industrial facility, which is currently being constructed.

Trebor and Kay Properties are represented by agents JLL, Birmingham offices.

First Choice Kingswood Lakeside

Green light for job boosting industrial unit in Cannock

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Plans for the latest job boosting development at one of Staffordshireas leading business parks have been approved.

The 100,000sq ft industrial unit at Kingswood Lakeside Business Park in Cannock will provide the headquarters for a leading national catering spares distributor. The First Choice Group already employs 130 people and can now expand its operations in the new larger premises, enabling it to potentially double the number of employees. Kingswood Lakeside was developed by Staffordshire County Council and is already home to national leaders like environmental firm Veolia and APC Overnight a the UKas largest delivery company. It will soon see cable solution business HellermannTyton move in to its new premises.

The new First Choice Group building will include a three-storey office incorporating kitchens for catering and training purposes, overlooking the lake. The land was bought from the county council by property development and investment firm Opus Land, which also delivered the Veolia HQ and APC regional distribution hub at Kingswood Lakeside on adjoining plots.

First Choice director John Whitehouse said: aWe have been established for 16 years now and First Choice has become a familiar name in both the commercial catering industry and the local area. The business has seen double digit growth every year, moving to larger and larger premises in the process and is still expanding.a

Staffordshire County Councilas economy leader Mark Winnington said: aWeare pleased to see planning approval for the new First Choice HQ at Kingswood Lakeside a one of the countyas main business sites and one developed by the county council. This is yet another example of how, together with our partners, we are supporting business expansion in Staffordshire. It means more quality business development, retention of a leading company in its sector and more jobs in the Cannock area at a time when we have record low unemployment figures for the county.a

Cannock Chase Council’s cabinet leader for economic development and planning Gordon Alcott said “First Choice are a growing company and supporting such companies is absolutely vital for the economic regeneration of Cannock Chase District. aThe granting of planning permission for their new premises on Kingswood Lakeside not only protects local employment, it opens the door to future employment opportunities in a well-designed state of the art building next to the M6 Toll.a

Victoria Smith, Partner at Opus Land, added: aOur business has a long standing track record of delivering market leading developments in the Kingswood Lakeside in partnership with occupiers. In the last five years, we have delivered Cannockas only BREEAM Excellent rated building in the shape of Veoliaas HQ facility as well as APCas 138,000 sq.ft. national hub for next day parcel delivery. All of these projects are a culmination of a close working relationship with occupiers in order to deliver a bespoke product to suit the individual needs of tenants seeking new space in the Midlands.a

The county council played an integral role in helping to secure funding from the Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership which has helped to bridge the funding shortfall resulting from higher costs in the ground due to the siteas mining heritage.

Artists impression of the HellermannTyton facility at Kingswood Lakeside in Cannock

Drive to create quality jobs and attract innovative business continues as county sees near full employment

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A drive to create quality employment and attract innovative business to Staffordshire is increasing as the county continues to see near full employment.

The latest progress updates at business development projects which will bring investment and jobs to Staffordshire have been released this week. Todayas job seekers allowance statistics show the countyas claimant figure stands at just 0.8 per cent of the population a a record low, compared with a regional figure of 1.9 per cent and national figure of 1.5 per cent.

Among developments that are progressing are a new business innovation centre at Keele University Science and Innovation Park. The AL7million centre is aimed at high growth businesses, providing high quality office and workshop accommodation. It is a partnership between Staffordshire County Council and Keele University and is expected to create 130 jobs via the growth of existing business and inward investment from international companies relocating Staffordshire.

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The roof goes on IC5 at Keele University Science and Innovation Park

Work started in June this year and is set to be completed by June 2016. New businesses will be given access to all academic and research facilities at the university, offering opportunities for pioneering start-ups and growing international organisations. The innovation centre will be the fifth on the campus a the four already in operation are home to 42 businesses including Siemens Wind Power Research & Development, Navman Wireless Vehicle Tracking Systems, Adecco Enterprise and GVA Acuity Ltd. It has been designed by the county councilas joint venture partnership Entrust.

Keele University vice-chancellor,A ProfessorA Trevor McMillan, said today: aThe university has a well-established relationship with Staffordshire County Council and Innovation Centre 5 is the latest project that we have undertaken in partnership.A IC5 signifies the beginning of a new major phase of growth at Keele University Science and Innovation Park, and clearly sets out the universityas ongoing commitment and its increasingly important role as economic anchor in Staffordshire.a

In the south of the county, development continues to gather pace at Cannock Chase districtas flagship Kingswood Lakeside business park. The latest company to relocate to the site is HellermannTyton a a leading specialist in cable management solutions for a wide range of industries across the world, from automotive to telecommunications. The companyas new Staffordshire base is well on the way to completion and should be operating by next summer.

Construction of the new facility for Hellermanntyton at Kingswood Lakeside in Cannock

Construction of the new facility for HellermannTyton at Kingswood Lakeside in Cannock

Jon Churchley, HellermannTytonas commercial manager, said: aWe are very much looking to our move to Kingswood Lakeside which will enable our business to continue to develop for many years to come. The facilities are very much aligned to exceeding our customersa expectations whilst offering future prosperity to our employeesa

Staffordshire County Councilas economy leader Mark Winnington said: aDevelopment at two of our main business sites is progressing well and will form part of our ongoing drive to bring innovative business and new jobs to Staffordshire. These projects show that we have a balanced economy with increased opportunities. The new innovation centre at Keele will be a prime location for international businesses in the medical, technology and engineering sectors and will further enhance the siteas reputation. Kingswood Lakeside also continues to go from strength to strength and weare pleased to welcome HellermannTyton to Staffordshire a another global leader that has chosen this county as the place to do business. It is always encouraging to report that we have near full employment and we remain focused on securing yet more jobs for the future.a

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