Major jobs boost as vehicle conversion giant gets planning green light

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 20 Dec 2018

A major investment by a manufacturing firm is set to create almost 200 jobs in North Lincolnshire after plans to relocate its headquarters into the area were given the green light.

Cartwright Conversions Ltd acquired the 26-acre site in Belton, which includes a former brickworks and adjoining land, in September. Now proposals have been passed.

The Cartwright Group builds trailers and commercial vehicle bodies at a 38-acre site in Altrincham, while its Cartwright Conversions business is currently based in rented property in Hatfield, across the border in South Yorkshire. 

The new headquarters, pictured above, will allow the number of jobs created by the firm to increase from 72 to 250 over the next 18 months.

Planning permission has been given for the demolition and redevelopment of the site and work will start in the coming weeks, with the new facility expected to open in spring next year.

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Steve Shaw, managing director of Cartwright Conversions, said: “We are delighted that planning permission for expansion of the site at Belton has been agreed.

“This is the continuation of an exciting journey for Cartwright Conversions and with the support of North Lincolnshire Council. We are looking forward to bringing new opportunities to the area in the new year.”

Cartwright Conversions managing director Steve Shaw, right, is joined by North Lincolnshire Council leader Rob Waltham and inward investment specalist Lisa Longstaff on the site.

The group, which also includes Cartwright Rentals, Cartwright Fleet Services and Cartwright Finance, has increased its turnover from £89m to £150m over the past four years and predicts almost £170m in the current financial year.

Its customers include police forces and ambulance services, as well as the Royal Mail, Argos, Asda, Sainsbury’s and Tesco, while the business also has major export customers in Europe, Australia, the UAE and South America.

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Councillor Rob Waltham, leader of North Lincolnshire Council, said: “It is fantastic that the Cartwright Group has chosen North Lincolnshire as the ideal location for them to expand and relocate their base for Cartwright Conversions.

“Now planning permission has been given, they can get started on transforming the site in Belton.

“Bringing new investment and jobs to North Lincolnshire is a top priority for the council. We are always on the lookout for and working with businesses to encourage investment in North Lincolnshire.

Examples of the vehicles fitted out.

“This major investment will create hundreds of jobs and training opportunities, which is always a key focus for us.

“I’d like to welcome Cartwright to North Lincolnshire and look forward to seeing their plans becoming a reality.”

Jobs fairs are set to be held on January 15 and January 23 in Belton, where people will be able to find out about jobs at the new headquarters.

Further details about the fairs are to be released in the new year.

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