Friday, September 18, 2020

New jobs in prospect after Scunthorpe property deal opens way for expansion

Fifty new full-time jobs could be created in Scunthorpe after PPH Commercial helped an established manufacturer in the modular building industry to acquire a new 18,000sqft factory in the town.

UNiBLOCK, one of the UK’s biggest distributors of insulated concrete form products, are aiming to build on their recent success by opening a trade premises on The Queensway industrial estate.

MD Les Dawson said: “In the next three years, our aim is to expand and establish ourselves in Scunthorpe, delivering to multiple sites across the UK.  With strong demand for our products in the Humber region, Scunthorpe is the perfect location.

“We chose this location due to the size of this unit and the combination of office, workshop and warehouse facilities it offers. It also has an excellent infrastructure and supply network already in place.

“All our products are embedded with steel and the fact we’ve been able to source this locally from SC4, a nearby supplier in Scunthorpe, has proven very helpful.

“We expect to be open for business at the beginning of July and have already made a handful of appointments so that we can expand the services we offer in the commercial, industrial and domestic sectors.

“In the long term, we hope to create about 40 to 50 new full-time jobs – which would obviously provide a big boost to the local economy, especially in light of the cloud which is currently hanging over the town’s steelworks.”

UNiBLOCK traditionally imported most of their products, but the demise of a French supplier has seen them invest significantly in their own manufacturing equipment so they could launch this new venture in Scunthorpe.

Not only will this create a raft of new employment, it’s also made UNiBLOCK much more environmentally friendly after a massive reduction in their carbon footprint.

Duncan Willey, the Chartered Surveyor who conducted the deal on behalf of PPH Commercial, said: “The fact North Lincolnshire offers an extensive and readily available workforce with a variety of experience in manufacturing and distribution is a massive attraction for ambitious businesses like UNiBLOCK.

“Having worked closely alongside UNiBLOCK during negotiations, they are clearly a very ambitious company with big growth aspirations. Clearly, this new trade unit will play a key role in their long-term aims and I wish them every success in the future.

“The recent news about British Steel has dealt a blow to Scunthorpe in recent weeks, but this much-needed jobs boost proves the town remains a very attractive proposition for new businesses and potential employers.”

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