Friday, February 3, 2023

European manufacturer picks Gainsborough for distribution hub

A leading European manufacturer plans to build a storage and distribution facility at Gainsborough’s Somerby Park, leading to the creation of up to 70 jobs. 

Meditrade is one of the leading manufacturers of healthcare products in Europe, and intends to deliver a phased distribution centre of more than 25,000 square metres of new employment space including office accommodation.

MD Maximilian Roesner met Sir Edward Leigh MP, Cllr Owen Bierley leader of the Council and Ian Knowles Chief Executive of the Council to discuss the company’s plans.

Cllr Bierley said the visit was an opportunity for Meditrade to showcase their investment plans and outline their development programme. “I am thrilled  the company is moving to our district. The site will provide the company with a base for the storage and distribution of its products across the UK.

We hope the business will have a bright future here like many of our other major employers who are based in Gainsborough including Eminox, Amp Rose and Ping European headquarters.

This opportunity is a huge step forward in our plans for the growth of Gainsborough and continues to build on our Invest Gainsborough initiative.”

Invest Gainsborough was launched in 2018, an initiative, led by West Lindsey District Council, supported by the private sector to deliver £18 million regeneration plans in the town.

Sir Edward said he was proud to showcase Gainsborough and thanked Ron Gore, MD of local companyBarrier Healthcare, for introducing Gainsborough as a site for expansion.

Sir Edward added: “Gainsborough is a great place to live, work and invest, which is evident with all the exciting projects that are being developed. Gainsborough already has a diverse business base here in the town and Meditrade is a welcome addition. The town has undergone a lot of investment in recent years and that is set to continue as it wasrecently successful in its bid for £10m of Levelling Up Fund. It will help develop plans for a four-screen cinema, retail units, new wayfinding signs, green spaces for families and much more to enjoy.”

The company is looking to locate on land at Somerby Park which was identified in the Central Lincolnshire Local Plan as an area for employment growth and through the recently approved planning application.

Meditrade UK will facilitate the area to distribute itsmedical equipment over a multiphase development.

Mr Roesner said:”Gainsborough is strategically located close to major road networks and therefore fits perfectly into our logistics conceptWest Lindsey District Council has been absolutely brilliant to work with and have showed tremendous support for our project.”

The new logistics hub will facilitate 12 jobs after the completion of its first phase and the company plans to create 60 to 70 new jobs over the next few years.

The company is hoping that work can commence on site in Q3 2022 and the first phase of the facility to be up and running by Q3 2023.

Ian Knowles Chief Executive of West Lindsey District Council said: “Knowing that International businesses are willing to Invest in Gainsborough is a massive step forward for us and we’re excited to see what the future will hold.”

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