Antrim Busi­ness Park on the mar­ket for £12.5m

Belfast Telegraph - Business Telegraph - - News - Bykatem­c­cann Man­ager, Au­dit an­das­sur­ance @grant­thorn­tonni For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion or ad­vice, Kate Mc­cann can be con­tacted at kate.mc­cann@ie.gt.com . Grant Thorn­ton (NI) LLP spe­cialises in au­dit, tax and ad­vi­sory ser­vices.

A BUSI­NESS park in Antrim, close to one of North­ern Ire­land’s best-known re­tail schemes has gone on the mar­ket for £12.5m.

Antrim Busi­ness Park on Kil­begs Road, near The Junc­tion, is a 30-acre site with an ad­di­tional 44 acres of “devel­op­ment land” reads the prop­erty list­ing.

It is home to a range of units from 3,000 sq ft to 346,000 and cur­rently ben­e­fits from ren­tal in­come of just over £1.5m per an­num.

Among the ten­ants on site are PHS, Kerrs Tyres and Brian Close Trans­port, with the an­chor ten­ant and ma­jor­ity space user be­ing Sports Di­rect and Heatons.

The site is de­scribed by prop­erty agents O’con­nor, Kennedy, Tur­tle as a “well es­tab­lished dis­tri­bu­tion and in­dus­trial lo­ca­tion promi­nently sit­u­ated in a highly ac­ces­si­ble lo­ca­tion just off the M2 mo­tor­way”.

The es­tate also pro­vides se­cure ware­hous­ing space within a man­aged en­vi­ron­ment with se­cu­rity 24 hours a day and seven days per week as well as “sig­nif­i­cant as­set man­age­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties to drive ren­tal tone and con­sider al­ter­na­tive uses in the fu­ture, sub­ject to nec­es­sary plan­ning con­sents”.

The re­main­ing un­de­vel­oped lands ad­ja­cent to the busi­ness park, ex­tend to 35.5 acres and are re­ported to be suit­able for all forms of em­ploy­ment and in­dus­try, sub­ject to plan­ning.

Part of the site has “ex­cel­lent fu­ture devel­op­ment po­ten­tial with 8.2 acres zoned as ‘white land’ within the Antrim Area Plan”, reads the brochure while it ad­joins a newly com­menced hous­ing devel­op­ment called Castle­wa­ter.

The Busi­ness Park is one mile from the M22 Mo­tor­way and its ad­ja­cent land users in­clude an Asda superstore, a Tesco dis­tri­bu­tion cen­tre as well as The Junc­tion out­let.

The site is be­ing sold as one lot, but com­prises three sep­a­rate el­e­ments in­clud­ing the Antrim Busi­ness Park, which oc­cu­pies of 30 acres. An­other 35.5 acres is com­prised of a mix of zoned land and lands sit­u­ated out­side the devel­op­ment limit. An­other 8.2 acres of zoned land is suit­able for res­i­den­tial devel­op­ment, sub­ject to plan­ning.

The busi­ness park is cur­rently let to nine ten­ants in units that are “a mix of mod­ern and re­fur­bished dis­tri­bu­tion, stor­age, light in­dus­trial and man­u­fac­tur­ing ac­com­mo­da­tion”.

The other el­e­ments of the sales are ide­ally suited for devel­op­ment for em­ploy­ment and in­dus­try and a res­i­den­tial scheme, ad­vises the es­tate agent brochure (sub­ject to plan­ning).

One are the days when ac­coun­tants were re­garded as just num­ber crunch­ers. There is no doubt that the rig­or­ous train­ing and exam process equips young ac­coun­tants with the tech­ni­cal skills nec­es­sary to start their ca­reers, but in to­day’s fast-paced fi­nan­cial world, ac­coun­tants are re­quired to be so much more. Five fun­da­men­tal soft skills are con­sid­ered es­sen­tial for the mod­ern ac­coun­tant to stand out in the work­place.

Prob­lem solv­ing: Through­out their ca­reer ac­coun­tants will come across vary­ing and com­plex chal­lenges. Ac­count­ing pro­fes­sion­als who can think on their feet, quickly di­gest a prob­lem and take ac­tion to of­fer po­ten­tial so­lu­tions are in­valu­able to an or­gan­i­sa­tion.

Com­mu­ni­ca­tion: Ac­coun­tants will reg­u­larly be re­quired to ex­plain com­plex con­cepts and prin­ci­pals to clients who may not have a back­ground in ac­count­ing. An abil­ity to sim­plify this tech­ni­cal in­for­ma­tion con­cisely and in a user-friendly for­mat will be key to how you are per­ceived by both clients and other staff mem­bers. These im­por­tant com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills will not only ap­ply to oral com­mu­ni­ca­tion, but also to writ­ten com­mu­ni­ca­tion. With email the most com­mon method of com­mu­ni­cat­ing in­ter­nally and ex­ter­nally in any or­gan­i­sa­tion, skills in writ­ten com­mu­ni­ca­tion is seen as es­sen­tial.

Lead­er­ship: The best lead­ers will in­spire those around them through ex­am­ple and ef­fort. From grad­u­ate ac­coun­tants lead­ing an au­dit team, to a part­ner within a firm, there will be some level of lead­er­ship re­quired at each stage of an ac­coun­tant’s ca­reer. Em­ploy­ers will value some­one who can step up, take con­trol and be re­lied upon to take the lead when needed.

Time man­age­ment: Time man­age­ment will be key at all stages of an ac­coun­tant’s ca­reer. As a trainee, ac­coun­tants will be ex­pected to study for a pro­fes­sional qual­i­fi­ca­tion along­side full time work. As ex­pe­ri­ence is gained, the ad­di­tional re­spon­si­bil­ity and re­quire­ments to meet client ex­pec­ta­tions will mean that ef­fec­tive plan­ning of the work­load and pri- ori­tis­ing tasks is crit­i­cal to en­sure dead­lines are met and that top qual­ity client ser­vice is de­liv­ered.

Flex­i­bil­ity: The abil­ity to em­brace change and adapt to new ways of work­ing, whether that is changes in the work­ing en­vi­ron­ment or changes in tech­nol­ogy, is seen as a valu­able skill.

Those that are set in their ways will get left be­hind. Em­ploy­ers want in­di­vid­u­als that will move for­ward and adapt to changes as and when they arise.

In gen­eral, em­ploy­ers to­day are look­ing for well-rounded staff with both the tech­ni­cal skills and the soft skills nec­es­sary to suc­ceed. The ac­count­ing pro­fes­sion is no dif­fer­ent. Not ev­ery­one is born with skills dis­cussed above, how­ever these can be learned. Tech­ni­cal skills re­main fun­da­men­tal, but those ac­coun­tancy pro­fes­sion­als that de­velop a breadth of skills will go from strength to strength.

Antrim Busi­ness Park is a 30 acre site with ad­di­tional devel­op­ment land

There is more to ac­coun­tancy than crunch­ing num­bers

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