Bruntwood’s Booths Park attracts global business

February 12th, 2013

US owned Medline Industries Inc selects the rural office community for its Northern Europe HQ 

The Chancellor and MP for Tatton; The RT Hon George Osborne visited Bruntwood’s Booths Park development in Knutsford last Friday and welcomed the site’s newest customer; leading international medical supplies organisation, Medline Industries Inc.

US-based Medline Industries is the largest privately owned medical supplier in the industry and has taken a 10-year lease on 7,000 sq ft at Booths Park 5.

Commenting on the success of Bruntwood’s rural business park in his Tatton Constituency, Rt Hon George Osborne MP said:

“It’s great to see another big international business choosing this part of Cheshire as a home for new jobs and investment. Medline are a welcome new neighbour.”

Medline’s arrival in Knutsford will bring new jobs to the town as it relocates its UK sales team and other administrative positions from other sites, to the development. Medline Industries is a $5 billion turnover company based in Illinois which manufactures and distributes healthcare and surgical products. With more than 50 sites globally, the company manufactures in excess of 125,000 products, including surgical gowns, gloves and bandaging.

Councillor Michael Jones, Leader of Cheshire East Council, said: “This is more great news for Cheshire East.

“It is very encouraging to see yet another hi-tech company of real international stature locating in the Borough.

“We support Bruntwood’s work to help create a hub of business excellence at Booths Hall.  It is a quality operation and provides further clear proof of signs that the economy is sprouting forward and that, alongside proposals for High Speed Rail 2 for example, Cheshire East is the engine of the North West economy.”

Luke Fryer, managing director of Northern Europe at Medline, said the move would support the firm’s expansion plans. He said: “Booths Park will be the headquarters of our North Europe operation with our UK sales team, customer service operatives, finance, procurement and other back office functions based here. We are in expansion mode at the moment and this area has the right demographic for any future recruitment.

“Booths Park is unlike any other commercial property in the area. The entrance, the old hall and the courtyard areas, and the customer service from Bruntwood’s reception staff are all very impressive when welcoming clients and makes for a nice workplace for our employees. We have a lot of international customers and one of the reasons we selected the development because it is ideal for Manchester Airport and the motorways. It’s good for staff with parking and catering on site, and we were impressed with the customer service we received from Bruntwood and the development is close to Knutsford which itself is a great little town.”

In October, global credit card provider Mastercard agreed a 10-year lease for 6,000 sq ft. This development, which houses more than 1,300 workers in 200,000 sq ft across eight buildings, is based in 220 acres of parkland providing customers with a semi-rural office location complete with fishing lake, cricket club, cycle and running routes, and even a farm.

Since Bruntwood bought and refurbished the development in 2004, Booths Park has been a popular location for firms of every size, from large firms spread across two floors, to SMEs and hotdeskers, with almost 70 businesses located in the Park.

Chris Oglesby, Bruntwood CEO, added: “Booths Park offers a rare mix which appeals to companies large and small, local and international. Its setting offers customers an attractive yet accessible place to work, plus the customer service we offer makes it a highly attractive choice. The number of lettings in recent weeks is testament to its attributes as the site continues to attract new customers and has a healthy retention rate with existing customers.

“The great location and on-site amenities are among the factors attracting leading global companies such as Medline Industries and Mastercard to Booths Park”

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From Right:  Councillor Michael Jones, Leader of Cheshire East Council, Chris Oglesby, CEO of Bruntwood, Rt Hon George Osborne MP and Luke Fryer MD of Medline Northern Europe.

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