A father and son from Leicestershire are looking to the future after relocating their ChipsAway car-care-centre to a new £5.5m industrial park in Coalville.
Apollo Court Business Park was developed by Leicestershire County Council to boost business in Coalville by supporting start-ups and firms looking to expand.
The authority invested in Apollo Court as part of its corporate asset investment fund, which aims to improve the local economy and generate income for front line services.
ChipsAway, which specialises in car paintwork repairs (scratches, scuffs and dents), is taking advantage of this approach and expanding its operations in Coalville.
Alan Wilson, who bought his ChipsAway franchise in 2012, decided to move the car-care-centre from its base in Ashby, to Apollo Court, in order to deal with increased demand for their services.
He said: “We are expanding as a business and have been really successful so far. We have around 4,000 customers and we needed more space to reflect the growth in our business.
“We could only fit two vehicles at a time into our Ashby unit. We have now doubled in size and we can now comfortably fit four/five vehicles into our spacious new centre.”
Alan’s ChipsAway franchise spans from Swadlincote through Ashby, taking in Ibstock, Whitwick, Coalville and continues right through to Ratby, Groby and part of Glenfield. He said that Apollo Court was the perfect location to move the business to.
Alan said: “It was really important that we did not move too far away from our previous base. This brand-new facility is perfect for us and the area we have moved to is more central to our geographical area, which is more convenient for all our customers.
A range of high-spec industrial units ranging from 1,000 to 9,000 sq. ft. (92-836 sq. m.) are still available at Apollo Court. There has been strong occupier interest in the units and more announcements are expected soon.
Councillor Byron Rhodes, cabinet member for finance and property, said: “I’m delighted to see ChipsAway move into Apollo Court. Supporting businesses is important, particularly in the current climate, as it helps boost our local economy and creates jobs”.
The venture is part-funded by a £2.4m grant from the Local Growth Fund, a pot of government funding awarded to the Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership Limited (LLEP) for projects that benefit the local area and economy.
Kevin Harris is Chair of the LLEP Board of Directors. He said:
“It’s great to see businesses moving into Apollo Court. The addition of ChipsAway is particularly pleasing as it is a small, family run business that will benefit hugely from its new location. At the LLEP, one of our key aims is to support the development of the business environment here in Leicester and Leicestershire, which is why we invested £2.4 million of our Local Growth Fund into Apollo Court, and continue to support similar developments.”
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