Business park near Lincoln set for New Year expansion

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An independently owned business park near Thorpe on the Hill is undergoing further expansion due to an increase in demand.

Following the completion of Phase 4 in 2015, which consisted of seven 975 sq ft units, Lincoln Enterprise Park (LEP) on the A46 near Thorpe on the Hill has received planning permission for phases 5 and 6.

Work is due to start in January 2018 on the construction of phase 5, and is expected to take 20 weeks.

All the units in phase 5 have been sold or leased, however, Nicholas Falkinder, Managing Director of LEP Developments, said they are currently receiving interest and applications for phase 6.

He explained: “The park’s growth over the past 11 years has been driven by the demand from businesses wanting to either expand or relocate to the area.

“One of the key aims of LEP Developments is to support and encourage economic growth in the area and we are delighted that several of the park’s occupants, who started off in the smaller units, have either purchased or leased additional space or moved into larger premises.

“Rather than speculative building, LEP Developments does not begin construction until the majority of the units have been let or sold, so there are rarely any long-term vacancies.

“The park is appealing to business owners because it offers high quality, purpose-built accommodation in a rural setting close to Lincoln.”

One of the firms moving into phase 5 is pest control business Healthguard Ltd which purchased a unit in phase 4 in 2015.

Managing Director Paul Furneaux said: “At the minute we’re spread across two sites but I’m amalgamating all our operations under one roof which will not only improve efficiency but also give us the space we need to grow.

“I started the business from a room in my house in 2000 and now employ 19 staff at our offices in Swinderby where we’ve been for seven years.

Once work on phase 5 has finished, phase 6, which is currently being marketed by Pygott & Crone, will get underway and will consist of units ranging from 2,000 to 10,000 sq ft.

These mixed-use units have been specifically designed to accommodate larger businesses and can be used for workshop, office or storage space.