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LOCAL COMPANY REPORTS 45% BUSINESS GROWTH THANKS TO SHERFORD
Sherford, the landmark new Devon community, is continuing to strengthen the region’s business, economic and employment landscape, with South West businesses playing a key role in developing the new town. From West Country construction companies and landscapers, to a Plymouth-based marketing agency and education partners, Sherford constantly draws on the best local talent.
It is estimated that £1bn will be invested in the construction of Sherford and a further £2bn injected into the local area, including through commercial relationships and employment opportunities.
One of several businesses already benefitting from its involvement at Sherford is Plymouth based landscaping firm, YGS Landscapes Ltd. As a direct result of working at the development since 2014, the local firm has seen its turnover grow by 45%, along with a staff increase of over 20%.
With £1.6m already invested by the Sherford Consortium as part of its commitment into creating a sustainable, eco-friendly community, YGS Landscapes provides a variety of services across the development. This includes planting some of the 62,000 trees and 200,000 plants to date at Sherford, as well as working on the creation of the 500-acre community park. The local company also led the creation of the impressive town entrance, which features over 26,000 plants.
Steve Warren-Brown, MD of YGS Landscapes Ltd, said: “It is fantastic to be involved in Sherford, and we have watched it grow from a plot of empty space into a ground-breaking new community. Being based locally, also means we can utilise local labour and resources. The project represents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to not only provide our services on such a large development, but to also be part of Sherford’s unique legacy.
“Sherford has helped to grow the business, providing us with more resources and opportunities to train the next generation of landscaping talent. This includes taking on more apprentices– with some of their training set to take place at the new Sherford training centre – providing them with the chance to work and learn on a live, large-scale construction site."
As part of a long-term commitment into addressing the region’s skills challenge, £370,000 is being invested in the construction of a revolutionary new training centre at Sherford. Set to be completed in Spring 2018, the training centre will engage military veterans, apprentices, local contractors, as well as those currently working at Sherford, boosting manual skills by providing training and experience across many major construction trades.
Melissa Cloke, Sales Manager, Sherford Consortium said: “An incredible new town, Sherford will take nearly two decades to complete, which means there are plenty of opportunities for local businesses and contractors to be involved. Local businesses play a significant role in the construction of Sherford and the town is already a thriving workplace. The new training centre will also play a crucial role in training and supporting the region’s economy and workforce, equipping local businesses with the skills that continue to be in high demand."
Steven Ricketts, Sherford Skills Training Scheme Co-ordinator said: “As one of the most innovative community developments in the country, Sherford provides a unique chance for local businesses to be involved in its construction and take advantage of the training opportunities. YGS Landscapes is an example of this in action, and we encourage more contractors to get in contact to find out more about the training centre, as well as sharing information on what skills they need to help grow and diversify their business.”
Cllr Michael Hicks, District Councillor for South Hams District Council, said: “It’s really pleasing to witness Sherford’s steady growth and how it is impacting so many families and businesses positively. It is this kind of information which demonstrates that Sherford will leave a legacy in our region for many years to come.”
Devon County Council Leader, John Hart said: "Sherford is important for the economic growth of Devon and I’m pleased to see that local businesses are actively involved in its development and are gaining a direct benefit. It’s encouraging that the development of skills for the long-term future are also being catered for through the training centre.”