The new tenants, Oliver’s Kitchen and MJD Event & Technical Production Ltd have both taken 721 sq ft units on three year leases at the Wharf Street development which is just one mile from Warrington Central station and has direct access to the regional motorway network.
Wire Regeneration is a joint venture between property company and regeneration specialist Langtree and Warrington Borough Council – established to drive development and economic growth in the town’s southern gateway.
Established in 2013, Oliver’s Kitchen uses locally-sourced ingredients to create award-winning sticky toffee puddings which are distributed around the region through independent retailers and farmers’ markets.
Owner Oliver Barton, aged 24, said: “I was really fortunate to find a location which had an existing property already kitted out as a production facility.
“The location is ideal for my company as it puts me within easy reach of the entire region where my customers are.
“The move allows us to take the company to the next level and increase production from around 400 units per week to around 4000. It also means we can supply national markets and do more outward marketing like attending the key food shows.
“We currently have enquiries from the Far East and Africa which we are investigating. These are exciting times.
“I was inspired to start cooking by my father and my hope is that my experience can inspire other young 20-somethings to strike out and work in a sector which they love as much as I love baking.”
MJD Event Production set up in Warrington in 2005 and ‘bridges the gap’ between the event management and live production sectors providing a one-stop-shop for everything from lighting, audio and visual equipment to concept design and full technical production.
Director Mike Dunn said: “We are a proud Warrington company and have operated successfully in the town for a decade. This latest investment is a signal of both our commitment to the town and our ongoing success.”
Langtree property manager Kathryn Smart said: “Wharf Industrial Estate is an important part of the Wire Regeneration portfolio and the latest lettings are a positive indicator of the growth we are seeing in the regional business community.
“Wharf is a changed place since it was transferring into the joint venture company and we have worked hard to turn it around and make it a more attractive place to set up business. It’s very encouraging to see the fruits of this work coming through as we are now 94 per cent let.”