West Lindsey District Council welcomed the Managing Director of Meditrade UK to a tour of the town last week.
Meditrade is one of the leading manufacturers of healthcare products in Europe and they are looking to deliver a phased distribution centre of more than 25,000 square metres of new employment space including office accommodation.
Managing Director Maximilian Roesner met Sir Edward Leigh MP, Councillor Owen Bierley, leader of the Council, and Ian Knowles, Chief Executive of the Council, to discuss the company’s plans.
Councillor Owen Bierley explained the visit was an opportunity for Meditrade to showcase their investment plans and outline their development programme. He said: “It was a pleasure to meet Mr Roesner and I am thrilled that the company is moving to our district.
“We are delighted to welcome Meditrade who we know will be a welcome addition to our thriving town. The site will provide the company with a base for the storage and distribution of its products across the UK.
“We hope the business will have a bright future here like many of our other major employers who are based in Gainsborough including Eminox, Amp Rose and Ping European headquarters.
“This opportunity is a huge step forward in our plans for the growth of Gainsborough and continues to build on our Invest Gainsborough initiative.”
Invest Gainsborough was launched in 2018, an initiative, led by West Lindsey District Council, supported by the private sector to deliver £18 million regeneration plans in the town.
Since then, the town has seen huge investments including: a new hotel, restaurant, improvements to shop fronts, restoring the heart of Gainsborough and changes to the infrastructure in the town to accommodate new sustainable housing sites in key locations.
Sir Edward Leigh MP said he was proud to showcase Gainsborough and thanked Ron Gore, MD of a local company, Barrier Healthcare, for introducing Gainsborough as a site for expansion. Sir Edward added: “Gainsborough is a great place to live, work and invest, which is evident with all the exciting projects that are being developed.
“Gainsborough already has a diverse business base here in the town and Meditrade is a welcome addition. The town has undergone a lot of investment in recent years and that is set to continue as it was recently successful in its bid for £10m of Levelling Up Fund. It will help develop plans for a four-screen cinema, retail units, new wayfinding signs, green spaces for families and much more to enjoy.”
The company is looking to locate on land at Somerby Park which was identified in the Central Lincolnshire Local Plan as an area for employment growth and through the recently approved planning application.
Meditrade UK will facilitate the area to distribute its medical equipment over a multiphase development.
Managing Director Maximilian Roesner said: “We are absolutely thrilled to locate our distribution hub in Gainsborough. It is strategically located close to major road networks and therefore fits perfectly into our logistics concept.
“West Lindsey District Council have been absolutely brilliant to work with and have showed tremendous support for our project. I want to especially thank Sally Grindrod-Smith from the West Lindsey Council and Ron Gore for their support on making this possible in such an efficient manner.”
The new logistics hub will facilitate 12 jobs after the completion of its first phase and the company plans to create 60 to 70 new jobs over the next few years.
The company is hoping that work can commence on site in Q3 2022 and the first phase of the facility to be up and running by Q3 2023.
Ian Knowles Chief Executive of West Lindsey District Council said: “Knowing that International businesses are willing to Invest in Gainsborough is a massive step forward for us and we’re excited to see what the future will hold.”
Picture shows, from left to right: Maximilian Vogl, Councillor Owen Bierley, Maximilian Rosner, Sir Edward Leigh, Ian Knowles and Ron Gore.