The Oban Times - - FEATURE -

Ben Ne­vis in­dus­trial es­tate is a place for new busi­nesses to grow and ex­ist­ing busi­nesses to thrive.

Po­si­tioned just off the A82 and in the heart of Fort Wil­liam, more than 300 peo­ple are em­ployed within the es­tate – and it even hosts a box­ing club.

Ste­wart MacLean, who bought 27 of the units since the late 1990s, said the es­tate has of­fered busi­nesses a de­gree of flex­i­bil­ity that was not pre­vi­ously avail­able.

He added: ‘Units start from 250 me­ters squared and go up to 10,000 me­ters squared. The smaller ones are suit­able for peo­ple who are just dip­ping their toe in the wa­ter. And, once they be­come more es­tab­lished, the busi­nesses have the op­por­tu­nity to move into a larger premises if they see fit.

‘ Travis Perkins and Van­guard, who moved re­cently from Clag­gan, are ex­am­ples of busi­ness who have been able to scale up. It gives me great plea­sure to be able to speak to the own­ers of both lo­cal and na­tional com­pa­nies and see how they are all get­ting on as many of them have been very suc­cess­ful.’

Look­ing ahead, Ste­wart be­lieves busi­nesses in the es­tate may have an even brighter fu­ture, ben­e­fit­ing from in­creased in­vest­ment and op­por­tu­nity, thanks to GFG Al­liance be­com­ing the new own­ers of the nearby alu­minium smelter.

He added: ‘From the es­tate there is ac­cess pro­vi­sion for land owned by the smelter. HIE has al­ways said there is po­ten­tial to de­velop here and this will no doubt im­prove in­fra­struc­ture and in­ter­est in the es­tate, and is some­thing I look for­ward to talk­ing to the new own­ers about.’

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