Edington Station Yard firm still on track after 20 years
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From left, Nicholas Buckman (director and secretary), Eric Mitchell (managing director), Bryan Mulligan-Scaife (chairman), Charles Atterton (director) and William Pepler (director) (DV680)
Property investment company Edington Station Yard is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, after being established in 1993 with the aim of supporting rural industrial development.
The company was set up due to concerns from villagers about protecting the site, after an unwanted planning application was submitted in 1992 for a change of use of the yard.
As a result, the residents of Edington came together to raise the money to purchase the 3.25 acre site in order to gain control of the yard for the benefit of the village.
Following the purchase, business enterprise Edington Station Yard Company was set up, providing local employment by making small business premises available at reasonable rates.
The board of directors and shareholders from Edington Station Yard came together with people from the community at the site to celebrate the company’s 20th anniversary on September 20. Chairman Bryan Mulligan-Scaife said: “I would think that when we started nobody ever imagined that we would still be going 20 years on, but the company is prospering and its aims continue to be achieved.
“It was always something we hoped would be successful, but you never know what’s going to happen. People put their money in knowing that they may lose everything, so it’s great it has turned out so well.
“Our aim now is just to keep going for another 20 years or more.
“If a tenant wants something specific for their needs we will always consider it, but we don’t build speculatively.
“I think the key to our success is that we have been prudent with what we build.
“It was a very unique company when we started and I think it still remains very unique today.”
There are now 22 units at the site which house a wide range of businesses, from manufacturers to services, and it continues to evolve, with new units being created to suit the needs of tenants.
Additionally, a major project at the site has seen the re-roofing of all but one of the units, with the work due for completion in late 2013 or 2014.