Bright future for jobseekers at Winsford Industrial Estate
Change is happening at Winsford Industrial Estate and one resident says the town’s jobseekers and businesses are about to prosper from it.
Haydn Farrell from the Dene Estate is a team leader at Tiger Trailers, which is moving to a larger, more efficient factory on Winsford Industrial Estate after Cheshire West and Chester Council and its partners Public Sector Plc sparked the estate’s revival by investing in its expansion.
The Council and Public Sector Plc recently received planning permission to deliver a further 350,000 sq ft of new employment floorspace on land next to the site. The expansion will create up to 1,500 jobs for people in Winsford and west Cheshire.
The roads and facilities at the industrial estate will also be greatly enhanced, with plans for a petrol station, pub and a hotel.
Dad of two Haydn, 26, sees a bright future for himself and his young family, good times ahead for others who work on the estate and opportunities for people in the wider local area who are looking for a job.
Haydn said: “I think it is really good that the Council is supporting the industrial estate and it is good for Winsford and the surrounding areas because there will be more work which will bring more money and custom to the shops. It will help the businesses around Winsford and the little shops around the town centre too.”
When Haydn from the Dene estate in Winsford first started as an apprentice at the growing trailer manufacturing company Tiger Trailers three years ago, he admits to not knowing that much about trailers or manufacturing but now he is a changed man.
Haydn said: “You obviously pick up the skills over the time and if you are keen and committed and you work with the right people you are going to learn more. For example, I have learned how to use new equipment. I know a trailer inside and out, and I know all of the legalities and what the customer wants. I have come on so much in the last three years.
“When a job comes off the line our team has got a check sheet and we have got to go through it and check everything about the job, check the order is correct. We are the last port of call before the trailer is delivered. Everything has got to be spot on.
“It is really good to be part of a company that is growing fast. It is going in the right direction and I want to be part of something. I have got a young family and a mortgage to pay for. The last thing you want when you come to work is not being busy and not having a job but here it is nothing like that. In the last two to three years the order books are always constantly busy. Everything is constant and there is always an opportunity for overtime if you need that extra money. You are never worried about money.
“Since I have been here they are already building a new factory, which says everything about the company and where it is going. People don’t realise that the industrial estate is growing, because they haven’t seen that much yet but it is and it is good for Winsford.”
Councillor Brian Clarke, Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Infrastructure, said: “Cheshire West and Chester Council and Public Sector Plc are committed to securing the future of Winsford Industrial Estate and creating jobs for our residents so that they are able to thrive.
“Now that we have secured planning permission to continue our work on the site, I predict good times ahead for the businesses which are based there and those which may move there in the future. Tiger Trailers has shown faith in Winsford by moving to a bigger base on the estate and investing in the people of our town.”
Paul Brown, Regional Director at Public Sector Plc said: “The Winsford Industrial Estate is a testament to the commitment and vision of the Council in creating a state-of-the-art industrial hub for the region. Public Sector Plc has been working in partnership with the Council to attract funding to breathe new life into the estate.
“There are further plans to enhance the site over the coming years with a view to developing best-in-class industrial space which will benefit the local community with sustainable job growth and long-term investment.”