Work starts on manufacturer's new £5m headquarters that could create 200 jobs in North Lincolnshire

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 11 Mar 2019

Work is progressing on the creation of a new headquarters for a vehicle manufacturing firm which could lead to around 200 jobs in North Lincolnshire.

Cartwright Conversions, which produces specialist vehicles such as ambulances and security vans, is moving its operations from the Doncaster area in a £5 million investment at a 28-acre site.

The company agreed a deal in September for the former Belton Brickworks site and has set a deadline of June for the move.

The first phase of transformation work is now beginning to take shape, with the entire building being modernised, including the canteen, offices and workshop facilities.

Managing director Steve Shaw said: "We're delighted with the progress we've made in such a relatively short space of time. We've re-clad and modernised the whole place, we will create new entrances and refurbish the inside to make it feel modern and fresh.

"We've been working very closely with North Lincolnshire Council, who have been very helpful, and we're thrilled to have successfully secured planning permission to redevelop the site and create a new purpose-built building.

Work is progressing on transforming the former Belton Brickworks site into a new headquarters for Cartwright Conversions

"It's a fantastic location but the building was in desperate need of some love and attention. This has now begun and we’re confident the superb setting and location will bring our business many advantages.

"Hopefully, things will keep moving along nicely and we’ll be able to relocate in June. Our attention will then turn to phase two and building the new premises, which we will allow us to use this wonderful site to its full potential."

Cartwright Conversions, launched in 2016, is part of the Cheshire-based Cartwright Group, which was established in 1952 and has enjoyed rapid growth in recent years.

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It builds trailers and commercial vehicle bodies at a 38-acre site in Altrincham and the group also includes Cartwright Rentals, Cartwright Fleet Services and Cartwright Finance.

The conversions business produces a wide range of specialised vehicles, including ambulances, mobility, welfare, police and security vehicles for a range of clients such as the NHS, UK police forces and highways maintenance companies.

After outgrowing its existing base in Hatfield, South Yorkshire, Cartwright Conversions made the decision to move 10 miles east to the North Lincolnshire site in Belton, which was marketed by PPH Commercial for £1.5 million.

The property comprised an industrial complex of 78,548 sq ft on a 22.24 acre site and also features a fishing lake with carp. The company has also bought six acres of adjoining land.

Duncan Willey, chartered surveyor with PPH Commercial, completed the deal for the former Belton Brickworks site

Duncan Willey, the chartered surveyor who completed the deal for PPH Commercial, said: "It's no secret that Cartwright Conversions are aiming to create around 175 new jobs over the next 18 months and I’m sure the final scheme will help them achieve their ambitious plans.

"This is a rare opportunity to create an excellent semi-rural-industrial development in a popular location.

"Hopefully, the scheme will help to shape their future success for many years to come because it would undoubtedly provide a massive economic boost for the Lincolnshire region."

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Cartwright Conversions currently employs 72 people, who will be making the move to the new headquarters, with plans in place to eventually increase the workforce to 250.

Jobs fairs were held in Belton earlier this year, which highlighted positions available, skills, pay, pensions, company ethos and potential future apprenticeship opportunities.

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