Hats off to start of new business era

THE first of 40 plots being created at Fylde's newest business park has been snapped up – before building work starts.

An as yet unnamed medical supply company will move to the Kincraig Road Business Park once the site opens in the summer.

Owner I-Care Developments has bought up three acres of the land which will be developed over the next six months, creating up to 200 new jobs for the area.

A total of 40 separate business units are being developed at the site which is the first business park to be created in the Bispham area since the inception of Bispham Technology Park a decade ago.

Blackpool North MP Joan Humble, who cut the first sod at the park in a ceremony yesterday, said the site was ideal for job seekers in the area.

She added: "This is a very exciting development.

"It is very important because there is very little industrial land available in Blackpool and we have been forced to exploit what land we have.


"I am hoping this will be an opportunity for new businesses to come to the area and ones already on the Fylde to relocate."

I-Care Developments will have responsibility for the site which includes an environmental project and pond.

It will also be moving its operations to new headquarters at the park.

It is hoped the rest of the land will be used for industrial and light goods industry.

Developer Sherwood Skelly said: "We have already sold a 16,000 sq ft plot to a medical supply company and we hope to have that contract signed soon.

"We have the capability for 12 new businesses to move into the site but the way the site is designed, we can accommodate large and small firms.

"There is no problem with access. The infrastructure around here has been in place for years, and is very good."

Stephen Emmanuel, of I-Care Land Development, said: "This development site has been planned for three years and we have been carefully incorporating building design features that will meet the needs of the high growth quality companies."

The park will also benefit from more than 100 car parking spaces and landscaping.

Coun Kath Rowson, ward councillor for Ingthorpe ward, said: "I am delighted there are jobs coming to this area.

"Nothing will ever replace the TVR factory and the jobs that came with it, but at least we can now boast having new jobs in Bispham."