Demand rising for manufacturing premises in North Staffs

PROPERTY consultancy Harris Lamb has reported an increase in the level of enquiries and activity from manufacturing occupiers in the Stoke and Staffordshire area.

Andrew Groves, of Harris Lamb’s Stoke-on-Trent office, said: “The number of enquiries we’ve received from engineering and manufacturing businesses seeking freehold and leasehold premises within the Stoke-on-Trent, Newcastle-under-Lyme and North Staffs locations signals a positive beginning to the year.

“As 2012 closed we worked with several companies to identify new premises, including Cheshire-based food packaging manufacturer Intelipac Paper Manufacturing Limited and Rayne Engineering, and we’ve been retained by three additional manufacturing companies in the Stoke-on-Trent and Newcastle- under-Lyme areas seeking freehold premises of approximately 10,000 sq ft to 30,000 sq ft.”

Rayne Engineering purchased the Royal Doulton’s former factory shop and manufacturing premises in King Street, Fenton, as part of its continued growth and expansion plans, taking 135,000 sq ft of office and manufacturing accommodation on a five acre site.

Intelipac Paper Manufacturing has committed to a five year lease on two fully refurbished units on the Parkhouse Industrial Estate in Newcastle-under-Lyme, comprising 22,100 sq ft of modern manufacturing/warehousing and offices.

The business has opened a brand new manufacturing operation. It will initially employ 20 people but it is anticipated that number will increase to 40 by the end of 2013.