Business Park with a Real Inte Es Ernational Flavour; Flourishing Wirral International Business Park's Occupiers Range from Small Industrial Enterprises to Major Companies with a Massive Global Reach

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AS CHAIR of the Wirral International Business Park (WIBP) cluster group, you would expect Frank Rogers to be bursting with enthusiasm about its attributes - and he doesn't disappoint.

"It is not until you drive arouS nd WIBP that you fully appreciate the scale of the place," he said.

"And, as the name suggests, it does have a real international nature to it."

WIBP isn't a single business park as such. It incorporates entities such as the Riverside Park office scheme at one end and The Croft business and retail park at the other.

In between can be found a range of companies across a number of sectors including distribution, food production, pharmaceuticals, biomedical, low carbon and engineering.

The 336 hectare site is situated between Liverpool and Chester, just off Junction 5 of the M53. Current national and international occupiers include Meyer, CPUK, Stiebel Eltron, FMC Corporation, CSM, Qualitek, BPI, Adviser Plus, SAFC Hitech, Hagelin UK, Biofortuna, Osiris Projects, Tracerie Emilanie, and Tulip.

The 117-room Village Hotel and Leisure Club is situated at the northern gateway to the park, providing conference and seminar facilities. There is also a 60-bed Travelodge hotel on the opposite side of the road.

Mr Rogers added: "If you look, for example, at Hagelin UK, they have less than 10 people working in the food science sector and it has links across the world.

"It is an example of a small operation that is very niche and key.

"The park has a great concentration of firms specialising in cutting-edge technology.

"The cluster group was set up in 2008 at the request of the chief executive of Wirral Council, who wanted there to be a direct dialogue between the businesses in the park and the local authority.

"What we have tried to do in the last three years is unify the business voice and keep both local and national politicians in touch with what is going on here."

One of the North West's biggest commercial developers - Langtree - owns two smaller industrial parks within WIBP - Lumina, which has 13 units totalling 75,008 sq ft, with one still available, and Apex Court, which has nine units totalling 59,434 sq ft, with two available. …