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5 REASONS YOUR COMPETITORS ARE CHOOSING WREXHAM C


hoosing a business location could be one of the biggest decisions you ever


make. And a lot of firms go to the wall because they don’t choose wisely. So weighing up what your businesses needs are, and which locations can meet those needs, is a big responsibility.


great location. It’s got great transport links across the UK and beyond. And we’ve got access to a great supplier base.”


2. land and property There’s a lot of commercial space in Wrexham. And a lot of it is on the industrial estate – one of the biggest in the UK. The complex is home to more than 450


businesses – including global brands like JCB and Kellogg’s – and provides employment for more than 8,000 people. That size is a key selling point, according


to some of the big real estate firms with portfolios on the estate. Businesses like to be close to other businesses, and the sheer size of the complex helps attract new tenants.


Wrexham is in North East Wales – right


next to Cheshire and the North West of England. It’s part of an economic footprint that includes the ‘Northern Powerhouse.’ And in terms of investment, it’s doing


good. Better than good. Businesses are locating there. Firms


already based there are expanding. And real estate firms are building more commercial property to meet demand. Even the government is getting a piece


of the action, investing in a major development project on Wrexham Industrial Estate (more about that later). The result is huge confidence in


Wrexham as an economic location, which in turn seems to be attracting more investment. It’s a virtuous circle. But there’s no secret formula. Companies are investing for the same


reasons every other town and city will cite. But those factors are very real in Wrexham. Maybe that’s the difference?


1. location and infrastructure Some facts. Liverpool and Manchester airports are just 45 minutes away by car. Liverpool and Mostyn sea ports are less than an hour away. And London Euston is just a two-and- a-half hour train ride. Brother Industries is one of many global


brands with a base in Wrexham. Director Craig McCubbin says: “It’s a


3. support Wrexham Council will help you find the right premises, recruit the right people with the right skills, put you in touch with suppliers and funding streams, help deal with planning and other legislation. And lots of other stuff. Hundreds of firms have benefitted from


this kind of help, and it’s really hands on. Phil Jackson of digital agency Fotofire


says: “The council has been a real help in terms of our growth. “They’ve given us plenty of support,


both in terms of helping us with business strategy and direction. And we’ve had financial support in terms of recruitment as well.”


4. people and skills Wrexham attracts a mobile workforce from across North Wales and the North West. Glyndwr University and Coleg Cambria


produce a steady stream of qualified, skilled workers. And both institutions are geared to help businesses in lots of ways. There are 10 other universities within


an hour’s drive as well. One firm quick to praise the talent


within the local labour pool is Moneypenny. The company – which provides


outsourced call-handling – started life as a small enterprise in Wrexham. It’s grown into an international business


with offices in New Zealand and the US, and employs over 400 people at its Wrexham HQ. Managing director Glenn Jackson says


COMMERCIAL PROPERTY MONTHLY 2016 And that major development on


Wrexham Industrial Estate we mentioned earlier? The UK government has chosen


Wrexham as the site for its newest prison. Construction is well underway, and when it’s built, the facility should be worth up to £23 million a year to the local economy. So in 10 years, that could add up to


£230 million. Clearly, we’re doing something right.


Interested in bringing your business to Wrexham? Contact Wrexham Council’s business support team on 01978 667000 or email


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anything. But you can’t teach them to have that ‘can-do’ attitude. “At Moneypenny, we’ve managed to


attract people with that fabulous attitude that allows us to grow our business.”


5. track record Wrexham has a proven track record when it comes to businesses putting down roots… and growing. A recent example is North American-


owned Avox. The company’s UK base is on Wrexham Industrial Estate. It’ll soon employ around 550 people after recently announcing the creation of 90 new jobs. Or take Cytec Industries. The firm


makes materials for various aircraft – including the F35 fighter jet – and recently announced a £65 million investment at its site in Wrexham. Moneypenny is also building a brand


new HQ – a £15 million development described as “10 acres of dreamland.”


being based in Wrexham allows it to recruit the right people. “When you get people with a ‘can-do’ attitude, you can teach them to do


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