SCOUSE comic legend Ken Dodd was ‘tickled’ to open a new business in Ellesmere Port.
He carried out the opening ceremony of the JDP office on the Rossmore Industrial Estate.
JDP, distributors of above and below ground civil engineering and drainage systems, have extended their UK branch network with the new facility, which puts them in a better position to service customers in Cheshire, Wirral, Merseyside and North Wales.
Ken, 81, said: “How tickled I am to have been asked to open what is a brand new facility.
“At a time of continuing economic uncertainty, it is great news to see a company such as JDP continuing to expand, which can only help benefit the region as a whole. I’m sure the new branch will be a huge success and I welcome them into Ellesmere Port’s business community.”
The opening was followed by a charity raffle which raised £6,000 for the Hospice of the Good Shepherd at Backford.
After thanking Ken, JDP regional manager Andy Hoarty said: “Ellesmere Port is the ideal location for our latest branch as it offers great communication links throughout the North West and North Wales.
“It will now provide us with the opportunity to offer customers an improved and more efficient level of local service.”
Covering a one-acre site and involving investment to the tune of £250,000, the new Ellesmere Port branch has created four new jobs.
Targeting ground workers, civil engineering contractors, utility providers, builders and plumbers, the branch will offer products and solutions for adoptable sewers, house drainage, rainwater, soil, waste, channel and land drainage, gullies and covers, storm water management, ducting and fuel tanks.