The Blackpool Airport Enterprise Zone has been given the green light by Blackpool Council’s Executive to build a bespoke new 40,000 sq ft headquarters for this leading local manufacturing business.
In a great vote of confidence in the region’s capacity to bounce back from the Covid-19 pandemic, the custom-built premises will be the new headquarters for local company Multi-Ply Components Ltd, one of the world’s leading specialists in the design and manufacture of carbon fibre composite components for the medical x-ray equipment industry.
“We are delighted that Multi-Ply has chosen the Blackpool Airport Enterprise Zone for their new business base” said Cllr Mark Smith, Cabinet Member for Business, Enterprise and Job Creation. “This flagship development will be the first bespoke build on Phase 1 development land at the eastern gateway of the site, earmarking a significant move forward with the regeneration plans, bringing valuable skilled employment opportunities to the area and providing a catalyst for future private sector development and investment over the next few years.”
Sue Bourne, co-owner of Multi-Ply said, “It has been a complex journey to get to this point and we are delighted that we can finally see a start to building our new premises. The new premises will enable us to expand and continue to grow our business. It was important that we remained on the Fylde Coast as we wanted to provide stability for our staff; the opportunity to build a bespoke unit at Blackpool Airport Enterprise Zone has enabled us to do that. We are excited for what the future holds and can’t wait to relocate to this new site.”
Peter Appleton, Managing Director of Multi-Ply added, “This new facility will mean we can consolidate our manufacturing operations on one site and allow us to further grow the business. This will also deliver real economic benefit for the Fylde coast region.”
Steve Fogg, Chair of the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership, ”It is great news that Blackpool Council’s Executive has been given the go ahead for this scheme. The development will contribute to the continuing transformation of Blackpool and has the potential to create a number of new jobs for the area. Locating to these new premises will allow Multi-ply Components Ltd to invest in research and development into new product lines which I hope will enable the company to grow from strength to strength and continue to increase its workforce. This is welcome news for both the local and wider economies.”
Founded in 1987 by Peter Bourne, Multi-Ply currently operates from three sites in Inskip and Great Eccleston. Multi-Ply will be combining their sites in a custom-built commercial unit on the Enterprise Zone for their 69 staff. Having outgrown their existing premises, the move will allow the company to expand, initially creating a further 16 new jobs and are expecting to employ over 100 staff within the next five years. The new site also provides the company with land for further expansion in the future if required.