Ea­gle still buck­ing trend on growth

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Etbusiness Daily - By JOHN KRALEVICH john.kralevich@pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk Peter­bor­oughet

AC­CRED­I­TA­TION: Vic­to­ria Steven­son, head of the per­sonal in­jury team at Roythornes. THE Ea­gle Busi­ness Park project con­tin­ues to defy the odds and de­liver growth at its site on the edge of Yax­ley, near Peter­bor­ough.

What­ever the eco­nomic dif­fi­culty, be it the fi­nan­cial cri­sis of 2008/9, the pre-gen­eral Elec­tion jit­ters in the spring of 2010 as well as the con­tin­u­ing chal­leng­ing times, Rob Facer and his team at de­vel­oper R&H Es­tates have main­tained mo­men­tum in what is an un­qual­i­fied suc­cess.

Not only do the sta­tis­tics sup­port this view, but also the con­grat­u­la­tions of Yax­ley Parish Coun­cil.

The coun­cil re­cently wrote to Rob to ex­press its ap­pre­ci­a­tion that the “de­vel­op­ment has been con­structed with full con­sid­er­a­tion be­ing given to the vil­lage aes­thet­ics,” adding that it wasn’t of­ten that the parish coun­cil con­grat­u­lated de­vel­op­ers.

Al­most four years ago and in the heart of re­ces­sion­ary times, the site was 22 acres of land ear­marked for de­vel­op­ment, whereas to­day there are only five acres left, of which 1.5 acres are un­der de­tailed dis­cus­sions.

A cur­rent de­vel­op­ment is the sig­na­ture, used car show­room of Junc­tion 17 at the front of Ea­gle Busi­ness Park.

Gra­ham Jones and son-in-law Colin Ba­con, who spe­cialise in trad­ing premier brands, such as Porsche, BMW and MercedesBenz, have ex­panded their op­er­a­tion to move to the Yax­ley site and are due to open for busi­ness on June 1, 2012.

It has in­volved the “tight­est build sched­ule” of four months. But this is syn­ony­mous with the phi­los­o­phy of flex­i­bil­ity that Rob has in­cul­cated into de­vel­op­ing the site – flex­i­bil­ity of land pur­chase and build, flex­i­bil­ity of fi­nance.

He has been able to pro­vide land at “value for money” not avail­able in the con­fines of Peter­bor­ough city it­self. This has paid div­i­dends in at­tract­ing busi­nesses from within and out­side the area.

SMS (Stan­ground Mo­tors Ser­vices), the first oc­cu­pant at Ea­gle, has, like fel­low oc­cu­pant Earls Scaf­fold­ing Ltd, since ex­panded its site.

All but one of the 10 de­tached and ter­raced units at the spec­u­la­tive build Talon Court are now let or sold.

Among cur­rent fo­cus is En­ter­prise Court at the front of the site, where five of the nine start-up units are ac­counted for. Rob’s team has in­stilled a “cleaner, trade counter-type” phi­los­o­phy to these units which MO­TOR­ING AHEAD: De­vel­oper Rob Facer, of R&H Es­tates, right, with Gra­ham Jones and Colin Ba­con of used car busi­ness Junc­tion 17 in front of the new build­ing at Ea­gle Busi­ness Park. has helped it to at­tract the likes of busi­nesses such as fam­ily firm MCS In­te­ri­ors and gym Fit Eng­land.

“It is a team ef­fort that has been key to suc­cess, and us­ing the same con­trac­tors wher­ever pos­si­ble,” added Rob.

That at­ti­tude, in tan­dem with the avail­abil­ity of ser­viced plots, is con­tin­u­ing to at­tract in­ter­est from busi­nesses in­clud­ing Ger­man pack­ag­ing and mould­ing firm Il­lig, which is in the process of re­lo­cat­ing to the Yax­ley site.

More de­tails on the re­main­ing plots, units and op­por­tu­ni­ties can be ob­tained from Richard Jones, of Barker Storey Matthews on 01733 897722.

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