A multi-million-pound new building, the flagship for North East Lincolnshire’s promising industrial future, has been handed over to high-flying renewables firm myenergi.
With the building work complete on this first development at the new Pioneer Business Park near Stallingborough, the tenants, myenergi, are taking charge and will complete the interior design fit-out before moving in later this spring.
Delighted by the striking new HQ, and already planning expansion with a doubling of its 60-strong workforce, myenergi co-founder and CMO Jordan Brompton said: “When we founded myenergi, the vision was simple – create a positive impact, push the boundaries of possibility and change the world through pioneering green technology. Over the past few years, we’ve made hugely impressive strides – innovating, revolutionising and re-energising the marketplace.
“Expanding into our state-of-the-art headquarters marks the start of an exciting new chapter in the myenergi journey and comes as part of an ambitious corporate growth strategy. The move, which follows a 2,250 per cent increase in profitability during 2020, will see us double our workforce before the end of 2021, with new roles created across engineering, product development, marketing, and sales.
“Holding the keys to such an impressive building is quite a privilege. It’s testament to the hard work of our team and we’re looking forward to making it home,” she added.
Landlord North East Lincolnshire Council is equally as thrilled to have attracted myenergi to the new park, a move which aligns with its strategic plan to bring in such investment. The building the firm is occupying has been supported by £950,000 from the Government’s Local Growth Fund, supported by the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership, (Humber LEP) as part of the Government’s commitment to the Northern Powerhouse.
North East Lincolnshire Council Leader Cllr Philip Jackson highlighted how such investment would ultimately benefit the whole of North East Lincolnshire, with increased business rates raising income for future investment.
“The whole SHIIP programme has huge potential to create well-paid and new high-tech jobs for this area, which will be hugely beneficial. In myenergi we have a forward-looking and ambitious anchor tenant and we now hope for more, which in turn must be matched by ensuring our local people have the skills to succeed in these new jobs,” he said.
His words were echoed by Cabinet member for Economic Growth, Housing and Tourism Cllr Callum Procter, who added: “What we are doing here is extremely bold in terms of a capital investment programme and is proof of this authority’s commitment to providing an environment and infrastructure that is attractive to businesses.
“It is critical that our young people have the opportunity of skilled jobs here. So often we hear of talented young people leaving the area for the likes of Manchester and Leeds and not returning. That’s not because they don’t like the area but because the jobs are not here for them.’’
The build has taken just 10 months, with ENGIE architects and specialists working closing with the council, myenergi, and design and build contractor Hull-based Geo Houlton & Sons.
“This is the first building in this new industrial park, and we wanted to set a standard, to instil a certain style that fits with the ambitions for the area. The collaboration between all parties has been excellent, enabling this development to come to fruition in the time it has, and I am delighted with what has been achieved,” said Sarah Perry, the Project Architect within ENGIE’s Technical Design Team
Geo Houlton & Sons Managing Director Andrew Kingston added: “We are particularly proud of the work we have carried out here, and equally proud of our ability to overcome the challenges faced by everyone over the last year, to complete this high-specification development to the satisfaction of all involved, on time and within budget. This building is a flagship for the new industrial park, and I look forward to following its growth, and the growth of myenergi in the future.”
Meanwhile Stephen Parnaby OBE, Chair of the Humber LEP, said: “We were pleased to support the development of the unit through our allocation of the Local Growth Fund and are thrilled to see myenergi begin operating from this site. We hope this will attract more employers to find out what a fantastic base this Stallingborough site could be for their business, in turn supporting the local economy with new job opportunities.”
As reported, SHIIP also comprises of the major improvements to the A1173 running past the new park, the newly-completed Humber Link Road, and the awarding-winning Cress Marsh wildlife mitigation site, with a second such site – Novartis Ings – being developed. Support for these projects has come from the Greater Lincolnshire LEP, and the European Regional Development Fund.