Plans for a manufacturer from Liverpool city region to build a new global headquarters at Manor Park Industrial Estate – in a move which would create up to 75 jobs – look set to be approved.
Founded in 2004, Sandon Global produces new and refurbished specialist rolls, sleeves and cylinders for the print industry.
It has reportedly been buoyed by significant growth since its launch and is now developing its worldwide export markets. As such, its current premises are no longer sufficient to meet its needs.
The proposal being considered by Halton Borough Council today (9 April) is for a modern industrial building – to act as the company’s global HQ – with a gross external area of 43,000 sqft, including about 11,400 sq ft of offices and 31,600 sqft of manufacturing space.
A report to councillor’s states that the proposals are of a quality “appropriate to the site and wider area and, notwithstanding the loss of green space and planting, will represent a significant improvement on the existing development at the site”.
If approved, the new site would help Sandon increase the size of its workforce from 56 to 75 over the next five years.
While the HQ has been designed to accommodate this number of workers on day one, it would instead allow for “significantly more staff in the future as it is anticipated that this will be Sandon’s headquarters for decades to come”.
Sandon noted that it spent 12 months looking for suitable headquarters within the borough and surrounding areas and was unable to find anything suitable.
The report said: “The purpose of our new site is to become the new global headquarters containing research and development, manufacturing, engineering, UK and European sales, and administration functions.”
“The jobs being retained and created are therefore good quality engineering, sales and administrative roles, including apprenticeships.
“This development will help to secure and retain highly skilled jobs in Halton, and…help the highly specialised metal powder processing industry in Halton to grow even more jobs.”
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