ELLESMERE Port is a thriving town in which to live, work and do business.
Its location at the intersection of the M53 and M56 motorways means it’s easily accessible from Merseyside, Manchester, North Wales, Wirral and the rest of Cheshire, so many large corporations and smaller firms have shrewdly chosen this central north west hub as the base for their businesses.
The town’s economy is growing and, as more people choose to work in the area, new homes are being developed in and around the town for those who want to live here too. In fact 2,150 new homes are planned or underway for completion before 2020.
For those looking for jobs in Ellesmere Port, there really is so much choice. From shark keeper to canal boat skipper, and from stylist to sports coach – the Port’s certainly the place for an exciting career.
Cheshire Oaks is one of the area’s major visitor attractions and employers; encompassing the McArthurGlen Designer Outlet, The Coliseum, M&S, the Ellesmere Port Sports Village and Blue Planet Aquarium, plus Cheshire Oaks Business Park and several other major employers.
McArthurGlen recently announced 300 new jobs could be created at Cheshire Oaks thanks to plans for 25 new shops and restaurants.
Levels of investment, jobs and new businesses are all on the up in Ellesmere Port. Here are just a few of the key figures that prove the Port’s the Place to do business:
- £1.2 billion of new public and private investment has been secured to date to develop the town and over £2.8 billion of total investment is anticipated.
- 2,400 more jobs created - an increase of almost 10% between 2009 and 2014, which was more than twice the national rate.
- 315 more businesses in the town - up 30% between 2010 and 2015 – almost twice the increase seen across the North West.
- 53% reduction in people claiming unemployment benefits between 2013 and 2017.
Matthew Hodgson, policy & communications manager at the West Cheshire & North Wales Chamber of Commerce, said: “The Chamber has several members based in Ellesmere Port and they vary considerably in size and sector. At the heart of the Mersey-Dee area, the location gives them a great platform to access the North West region and the links to Liverpool and Manchester Airports offer them the opportunity to trade nationally and internationally.
“Ellesmere Port is also the home to Cheshire College – South & West, which gives firms access to the skilled young people needed to develop and grow their business. The local authority is also very engaged with businesses and offers a great deal of support services.”
One business owner of 25 years, who recently chose the town to base a third site is Sallie Maskrey, managing director of Portal Business Centres, which offers serviced offices for small and start-up businesses. She said: “When we started looking for a site for our third centre back in the autumn of 2016, Ellesmere Port quickly became the forerunner in terms of location. Even though the area was relatively unknown to us as a business, I was impressed by the local business community and how passionate they are about the area, both as a place to work and to live.
“We recognised that the whole area was going to be part of a very exciting regeneration strategy which is transforming the town and peoples’ perception of it. This encouraged us to make the decision to base our third centre in Ellesmere Port and get in on the ground level of that regeneration.
“The central location of Bridgewater House, with its excellent access to the local motorway network makes Chester, Liverpool, the Wirral and North Wales easily commutable, and we are confident that over the next few years with everything that is planned for the area, Ellesmere Port will become one of the top locations for businesses in the North West.”
So whether you’re looking for a job or searching for the perfect place to base your business, look no further than the “boom town” that is Ellesmere Port.
For more information visit the Invest in Ellesmere Port website: www.ellesmereportdevelopment.co.uk