New jobs created as firm opens branch at Liverton 2 business park
Howdens Joinery has become the latest business to move to the five-hectare park off Salterton Road in Exmouth, which was built by Clinton Devon Estates to create space for employment opportunities in the area. Lord Clinton visited the store to wish the staff well on their first day of trading.
Four new jobs have been created by Howdens’ move, which will see seven people working full-time in the 8,000sq ft building.
Knowing her company was looking for a new site in the Exmouth area, Howdens’ Exeter assistant manager Karen Howard spotted a newspaper article about Liverton 2. She said: “I went on a couple of recces to the site for the area manager and we passed the details on to head office to move forwards with it.”
And having spotted the site Karen will now get to know it even better – as she has been appointed manager of the new branch!
“It’s an ideal location,” she said. “Ease of access was very important for us, and as this site lies between Exmouth and Budleigh Salterton it will help us reach the customers we are looking for in the area.
“As this is a new-build we have also been able to have the internal structure designed to meet our specific needs, which makes it even more appealing to us.”
Howdens supplies kitchens and joinery products direct to tradespeople, and to help celebrate the opening of the new branch, has provided the non-profit Otterton Community Shop with new units and worktops as it prepares to open in the near future.
Leigh Rix, Clinton Devon Estates’ Head of Property and Land, said: “This move by Howdens is another vote of confidence in Liverton 2 as the estate grows to meet the needs of businesses and their customers.
“Since we opened Liverton 2 last year it has generated a lot of interest and has already attracted Bradfords builders’ merchants as well as, of course, Howdens. Liverton Business Park and Liverton 2 provide space for employment in light industry, storage, distribution and retail, and we estimate that there are now around 250 people working across the two sites.”
Liverton Business Park, which has attracted big-name tenants such as B&Q, Halfords, McDonald’s and Pets at Home, as well as smaller local companies, was developed in the 1990s by Clinton Devon Estates just a mile and a half from the centre of Exmouth to serve the 50,000 people who live in and near the town.
The Liverton 2 extension now has room for around six more tenants, depending on the size of plots required. More details about the development are available at www.livertonbusinesspark.com or from Malcolm Williams at Harrison-Lavers & Potbury’s on 01395 516633, or [email protected].