Monday, 17 May 2010

Jobs Boost for West Lindsey

Mr. Paul Smith, Managing Director of
E. H. Thorne (Beehives) Ltd. who is excited
about the move to West Lindsey.
West Lindsey will become 'a hive' of activity when a new business moves to the region - creating 30 new jobs.

E. H. Thorne (Beehives) Ltd. has been granted planning approval by West Lindsey District Council to relocate to the district.

Mr. Paul Smith Managing Director of E. H. Thorne (Beehives) Ltd. said: "
This is an exciting development for our company.

"We have been on our present site in the centre of Wragby for almost 100 years and outgrown the space available."
Mr. Smith explained turnover for the business had increased by 40% in 2009 - compared to 2008.

To capitalise on the growth, the business needed more space, better facilities and more up-to-date machinery.

It is hoped the move on to the former Rand Group site on Church Lane, Rand, near Market Rasen, will be complete by January next year.

Mr. Smith added:
"With the purchase of the Rand site, we will have the space to grow the company to meet the current demand for beekeeping equipment, both at home and abroad."
The move from Wragby in neighbouring East Lindsey to West Lindsey will also ensure the current 64 employees can retain their jobs.

It is hoped by 2011 at least 95 full time people will be employed by the company, which manufactures beekeeping and candle-making equipment.

Mr. Smith said:
"We would particularly like to thank West Lindsey District Council, Innovations Lincolnshire, East Lindsey District Council and the East Midlands Development Agency for their fantastic help and support.

"It was essential that our planning application was dealt with in a professional and timely manner.

"The Planning and Economic Regeneration departments of West Lindsey District Council were efficient and helpful and ensured that our application was processed as smoothly as possible."
West Lindsey District Council has worked closely with the company from the pre-application stage to the decision notice being issued.
Ms Rachel Gregory, planning officer for West Lindsey District Council said:
"It was important that an appropriate use was found for the 32 acre site, but it had to be a use which would not adversely affect the amenity of the surrounding countryside, highways safety or near neighbours living conditions.

"The planning application did not including any new buildings. The applicant demonstrated that they employ people from the local area and would be creating more jobs within the district.

"Overall this was considered to be a sustainable use for the site and a benefit to the local rural community."
There will be some internal alterations to the new site, which will include the creation of a sales/showroom area and storage and distribution area within the existing office building.
Some of the existing workshops will be used for manufacturing processes.

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