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44 ENTERPRISE ZONES


THE SKY IS THE LIMIT


Blackpool Airport Enterprise Zone is ready for take-off in 2021 with a host of breakthrough projects on the runway.


They include Swedish-owned carbon fibre company Multi-Ply Component’s new 400,000 sq ft headquarters, which is currently under construction.


The development is being part funded to the tune of £800,000 by the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership using Growth Fund cash.


If the new AMRC building is a statement of intent at Samlesbury, this development, set for completion later this year, is seen as a major step forward for Blackpool.


Multi-Ply, one of the world’s leading specialists  composite components for the medical x-ray equipment industry, is relocating from Inskip, with the promise of creating more jobs as it expands.


Announcing the go-ahead for the building, Coun Mark Smith, Blackpool Council’s cabinet member for business, enterprise and job creation, said:  bespoke build on phase one development land at the eastern gateway of the site.


 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.”


Meanwhile, more enabling work on the zone is underway, including the relocation and development of new sports facilities that will open up more land for commercial use.


The pitches and changing areas are part of the  for the redevelopment of the 144-hectare site.


The crucial issue of a new entrance road that will also open up those land and growth opportunities is also set to be addressed in 2021.


James Wilson


 Blackpool’s Town Deal funding, which will be used to build the road that is poised to unlock more investment.


A revision of the masterplan for the zone is also underway and talks are taking place with a number of businesses about opportunities as momentum increases.


The EZ straddles the border between Blackpool and Fylde and covers the majority of Blackpool Airport.


It is already home to a number of diverse 


Rob Green, Blackpool’s head of Enterprise Zones with responsibility for the airport and Wyre’s Hillhouse zones, describes the Multi-Ply development as an example of the ambition that exists and what can be achieved.


He adds: “The new road will open up a lot more development plots and we’re seeing good interest in design and build schemes.”


Energy HQ. The £12m Blackpool and Fylde College facility is a training base for the national energy sector.


Since the beginning of 2016 it is estimated that more than 1,500 jobs have been created. The aim is for the £75m scheme to have delivered up to 5,000 over the next two decades.


Health and sports supplement supplier Private  years ago. It has already relocated into bigger premises on the site and has invested heavily in its manufacturing facility.


The £3m turnover business, which currently employs 34 staff, has also been in recent talks with the council about the possibility of following Multi-Ply’s lead and building bigger bespoke premises on the site, with the aid of some 


 are in their early stages. He adds: “We’re proud to be a Blackpool company and being on the  The support we’ve had has been very helpful and it has worked very well for us.”


He also believes it is vital that the new access road is brought forward to enable the next stage of the zone’s growth and that it starts to offer a wider range of building sizes.


Cheryl Perry from the Barking Bakery, which moved onto the zone from Kirkham just over 12 months ago, said the incentives and lower costs had been a big factor in its decision.


The business makes treats such as cakes and  including Pets at Home, Booths and The Range, as well as independent shops and garden centres. Its online sales are also on the rise.


Cheryl adds: “The location is ideal for us, it’s near to the motorway and it is a great place to do business. It’s been a great move for us.”


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