The third phase of Park Hall Business Village, on the site of the former Adderley Green Colliery, was formally opened today by Kelly Tolhurst MP, Minister for Small Businesses, and local Member of Parliament Jack Brereton.
Mrs. Tolhurst came to visit the Business Village at the invite of Mr. Brereton, in order to celebrate the expansion of many of the businesses within it. The park now supports around 1,100 jobs in the local economy.
Along with Village directors Peter, Simon, and Adam Bailey, Kelly Tolhurst and Jack Brereton visited businesses within the Village, including Deck Joint Limited, Eden Holistic Pet Foods, and Fifteen Group.
Peter Bailey and Adam Bailey of Marcus Machine & Tools Ltd, owners of the Park Hall Business Village Site in Longton, said, “we welcomed the opportunity for two MPs Kelly Tolhurst and Jack Brereton to formally open both the Phase 3 Development of High Specification Commercial/Industrial Units on site, and more importantly ‘the coal tub monument,’ renovated and installed in tribute to all the brave Coal Miners who worked across Staffordshire.
“The day for us was about completing a long standing tribute to the past whilst building for the future creating a quality working location for hundreds more local jobs. The initial aim on site was to create 150 new jobs in Phase 1 and Phase 2 respectively but we are delighted to have surpassed these original figures as the site now employs nearer to 1200 people.”
Jack Brereton, Member of Parliament for Stoke-on-Trent South, said, “Stoke-on-Trent is now one of the best places to start a business in the whole of the UK, and I am thrilled that so many businesses in Stoke-on-Trent South – both within Park Hall Business Village and elsewhere – are expanding and taking on more workers.
“Stoke-on-Trent is on the up, and I was pleased but not surprised that the Minister wanted to come to our city to see just how much progress we are making, with a fantastic variety of smaller businesses supporting jobs locally.”
Kelly Tolhurst MP, Minister for Small Business, Consumers and Corporate Responsibility, said, “It was really good to be able to open the expansion of this business village in Stoke-on-Trent, and to see and experience some of the diverse businesses that are having a lot of success. It is so good to see projects like this get off the ground, because they are so important to our small business economy, not only for start-ups but also for businesses wanting to grow.”