March 07 ,2016 | by Claire Payne

New Gloucester business hub will benefit small businesses

A new business hub is expected to benefit small and medium-sized businesses in Gloucester and create new jobs in the area.

The hub would consist of 22 units, which would be used for general industrial use and to provide office space for businesses.

Significant investment

Rockhaven Developments submitted plans for the hub, which would be built at the Railway Triangle off Metz Way. Part of the space is already being used by Rygor Mercedes.

Rygor Mercedes Managing director Tim Stacey said that the development represents a “significant investment, not only in our business, but in the area”, adding that it would be an ideal location for a number of businesses.

Outline planning permission for a development was first received in 2011, but since then complaints have been received about the lack of activity on the site.

Gloucester MP Richard Graham has called for more action to be taken to speed up the development of the site, stating that further progress should be welcomed.

Benefits

A spokesman for planning agent Savills commented on the scheme, stating that it is “compliant with the city council's ambitions for employment provision on the site”, and that it will bring a derelict brownfield site into economic use.

He added that the plans will create small industrial units, which would benefit small and medium-sized enterprises within Gloucester and would enhance “economic performance through the provision of jobs and economic growth and investment."

Claire Payne

Claire Payne is a journalism graduate and News Writer for LSBF. She writes about SMEs, education and careers, entrepreneurship, women in business, and sustainability.

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