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500 jobs being switched to Matchworks business park

Opportunity for further recruitment as services giant Amey considers expansion

Garston Matchworks business park

Five hundred jobs are being relocated from Lancashire to Liverpool – with the prospect of more being created.

Services group Amey is to close its North West base in Leyland, near Preston, early next year and move the operation to The Matchworks in Garston.

The relocation is due to the lease ending on the Leyland offices, which were the former headquarters of Enterprise, the services group that Amey bought in April this year.

Enterprise already occupied offices at The Matchworks prior to the takeover by Amey.

The acquisition created a services provider that employs more than 21,000 staff and has a turnover of around £2.3bn.

Staff in Leyland were told of the proposed move late last week.

A spokesperson for Amey said staff knew the lease at the former Enterprise site was due to end and that a move was likely.

They added: “Back in April we announced that we would not be extending the lease on our Lancaster House building in Leyland when it is up for renewal at the end of 2014 because the building is no longer fit for purpose.

“This week we have therefore begun to communicate with employees about which offices we plan to relocate them to throughout next year.

“We have also taken into consideration our growth plans which will involve growing the number of people we employ over the next few years.

“We are, therefore, not only fully committed to maintaining jobs within the North West, but plan to grow across the region, which includes increasing our presence at The Matchworks in Liverpool.”

The move is expected to take place early next year.

Amey works with public and regulated sector clients, providing a huge array of services such as consulting expertise, highways projects, utilities, property and facilities management, aviation services, asset management, contact centres and waste management.

It operates more than 320 contracts in these fields.

The Matchworks is the former site of the Bryant & May match making factory which was built in 1919.

It was the only UK producer of wooden matches from 1981, but was closed in 1994.

The former Speke Garston Development Company appointed Liverpool and Manchester development group Urban Splash to convert the Grade II-listed site to a business park in a £30m project and the first tenants moved in to the business park in 2001.

 

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