New business units in Exmouth allow local firms to expand
Since setting up Witherby Carpentry & Joinery 10 years ago, the small businessman recently decided to relocate his firm from a base at a disused farm near Woodbury to state-of-the-art new units on the outskirts of town, to future proof his company.
Mr Witherby and Clive Amor who runs Amor Blinds and Curtains with his wife and two children, are among the first tenants settling in to the Harpford Units at Liverton Business Park.
The purpose-built complex owned by Clinton Devon Estates, was designed to support economic growth in Exmouth and East Devon and is welcoming both small local firms and large national businesses; Mr Witherby and Mr Amor join national tool and hardware company Toolstation which was the complex’s first tenant.
The six new units were completed at the end of last year and are aimed at accommodating firms who may want trade counters, or for light industry.
Mr Witherby, from Exmouth, has been a carpenter since leaving school, and his services include inside and outside carpentry from wood flooring and built-in furniture to fencing, gates and decking.
He was keen to expand once he’d taken on an apprentice and relocate his workshop from rural Woodmanton to somewhere more accessible to his customer base. Moving to Exmouth has ticked both of these boxes, and adding a mezzanine level in his unit has enabled him to maximise the potential of the space.
“Our previous base was fairly isolated and draughty to say the least,” he said. “So it’s definitely nice to be in purpose-built premises! I needed somewhere dry with good insulation, for the storage of the timber and decent workshop space, and having recently taken on an apprentice I needed a more suitable base for staff.
“I already have a good customer base so attracting passing trade wasn’t a priority, but having said that, with several building businesses next door, it’s worked out really well as it’s really helped to get my name out there and pick up more business. Being here also means I will be able to take on more staff.
“My customers couldn’t come to the site before, but now they can, so it’s far more customer friendly. And the move to Liverton has meant the business is far more accessible, so it’s an absolutely perfect location.”
Clive Amor, who is also from Exmouth, has been in the furnishings industry for 25 years and has run his own business for five years with his wife, and three children who are all in their 20s.
The family manufacture vertical and roller blinds and relocated from a smaller base nearby in order to expand the business. “We had long outgrown our previous base,” Clive said. “Looking back, I don’t know how we managed it – the new unit is far bigger and means we have far bigger showroom for our customers and larger area for manufacturing.
“The move will allow us to push the business forward, whereas we were standing still before.
“The price was reasonable and the location is good, and picking up passing trade from other similar businesses will be an added bonus.”
Adrian Pitts, Estates Surveyor at Clinton Devon Estates, said: “The Harpford Units were designed to provide flexible accommodation for a range of commercial uses.
“The feedback we have had from our new tenants, who were keen to upgrade their facilities and boost their footfall, has been very positive, and we are very pleased to be able to offer this opportunity to support growing businesses in East Devon.”
Unit six, which comprises 2,500 sq ft and is complete with roller doors and an option for a counter and mezzanine floor, is still available.
Exmouth’s Liverton Business Park is already home to a wide range of local, regional and national businesses and is helping to sustain hundreds of jobs and making a major contribution to the economy of the area. The Harpford Units were formally opened by Lord Clinton in September.
For more information on Liverton and the new units, please see www.livertonbusinesspark.co.uk.
For enquiries, please call Malcolm Williams at Harrison Lavers & Potbury’s on 01395 516633 or Andrew Hosking at Stratton & Creber on 01392 202203.