Canalside Business Park located in Ripon is hoping to expand on an accomplished 2023, following the arrival of the UK’s major manufacturer and supplier of fitted kitchens that spurred on a rush of new tenants. Found opposite the city’s racecourse and just off the bypass, the establishment opened for business eight months prior to now being over 75% occupied. With a “remarkable” collection of local and national businesses settling in, the appearance of Howdens Joinery in the prime unit has been recognised as a significant milestone and a testimony to its success.
Owned by Canalside Developments, the park demonstrates itself to be well established for both retail and industrial units and is also home to businesses such as Travis Perkins, Screwfix, Econ, and Toolstation. Howdens Joinery is the largest manufacturer and supplier of fitted kitchens, appliances, and joinery products to trade professionals. Situated in Ripon, their depot stocks different goods including integrated kitchens, kitchen appliances, doors and joinery, hardware, and flooring.
According to the agent of the park, Adam Crawfurd-Porter of Feather, Smailes, and Scales (FSS), stated that “we were glad to secure Howdens to this important location within the Ripon Business Park. Not only did they take up one of the biggest sites on the park, but they are also situated in a key position within the site, and their arrival has been key to others also deciding that this is the place to be”.
Having opened the park during the previous spring, Jonathan Lupton, Canalside Developments Director, conveyed his delight with the level and quality of businesses that they have attracted so far. He said, ‘The arrival of Howdens was a huge boost for us as it justified our belief that the biggest and best from the world of business would want to come and make a home at the Canalside Business Park. There has been such a positive impact since they arrived on site, and we continue to receive interest from those who wish to join them.’
A spokesperson for Howden Joinery expressed that while they have been trading in Ripon since early 2002, it became apparent some time ago their existing premises were no longer suitable for their requirements. Property consultants Montagu Evans supported Howden Joinery during the move.
Canalside Business Park is presently over 75% full, allowing other SMEs the chance to be at a modern, high-spec, and well-equipped facility.