A BUSINESSMAN has raised concerns about the future of his company after comparing the site where it is based to a “ghost town”.
Martin Kincey, who owns Space Furnishing on the Evans Business Centre in Ellesmere Port, is desperate for new firms to open up on the £3.5m site.
During the six months he has been renting a unit at the centre he has been joined only by Graham Sheard, who opened NWAC Ltd in June 2007.
The centre at the Pioneer Business Park in North Road next to junction 7 of the M53 provides 23 offices and 18 workshops for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)
It is part-financed by Regional Development Fund money, with match-funding from the North West Development Agency (NWDA).
Mr Kincey said: “We’re both concerned about the future. Neither of us have a massive budget.
“It is worrying because nobody seems to know the site exists. It’s like a ghost town.
“We want to make people aware of the centre. I’ve put a lot of money and graft into my business and I want to make it a success.
“We’re both keen to create a community of businesses on the site, to join forces and assist each other.”
Evans Easyspace regional manager Doug Akehurst said he is surprised more businesses haven’t set up at the Ellesmere Port site but admitted some of their centres take off quicker than others.
He said: “There is a new business starting this month and we’re in the process of making a sales office at the site which will be open on Tuesdays between 10am and 4pm.
“If anyone is interested in letting one of the units they can make an enquiry and I will be there to show people around the site.
“Some of our centres take off slower than others.
“Take our Deeside site, for instance. I had pre-let 80% of the units before the centre had even opened.
“It has been quiet round the Ellesmere Port site which is a surprise given the location.”
Anyone interested in setting up a business at the site should telephone 0800 039 3900 or visit www.evanseasyspace. com.