Firms bring new jobs to the city

PUBLISHED: 16:29 31 May 2007 | UPDATED: 12:32 04 May 2010

MORE than 100 new jobs could be created in Ely at Lancaster Way Business Park when four new purpose-built units come into use. Grovemere Property, the owner and developer of the site, has been granted planning permission to build the new industrial units

MORE than 100 new jobs could be created in Ely at Lancaster Way Business Park when four new purpose-built units come into use.

Grovemere Property, the owner and developer of the site, has been granted planning permission to build the new industrial units which will total almost 110,000 sq ft.

Howard Whetstone, marketing director, said: "Ely's growing population is proving attractive to business. We are finding that demand outstrips supply. Ely is a pleasant place to live. We are now finding businesses are keen to come here."

The new units will be taken by:

- Cambridge Commodities, a health products distributor, which is already on the business park;

- BM Partnership, which re-packages gift products and already has three units at Lancaster Way, will be taking the largest of the new units at 60,000 sq ft;

- Bernard Group, a freight-forwarding company, currently based in Waterbeach will be re-locating to Ely;

- Ison Distribution, a bicycle component distributor, will be re-locating from Cambridge into a 10,000 sq ft unit.

Harvey Bibby, of joint agents Bidwells, commented: "The type and size of occupier moving to Lancaster Way demonstrates the need for further development land in this area.

"Other occupiers have recently moved from Cambridge to Ely because they are looking for bespoke units in a substantially cheaper location than Cambridgeshire, but still within a 15-mile radius."

As well as the new units, Bidwells and joint agents Cheffins, have recently completed the letting of 6,000 sq ft at Lancaster Way to Astronomy and Nature Centre, provider of a comprehensive range of astronomy and bird watching optics and accessory products.

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