Wyre Forest District Council has successfully supported Terry Livesey Photography to relocate from premises affected by the new Hoobrook Link Road into its adjacent Hoobrook Enterprise Centre, enabling this successful business to carry on trading in Wyre Forest.
Terry Livesey ran his photography business at the Ashlane Centre on the Worcester Road for four years and has recently moved into new premises, approximately 100 metres away, at the Council’s own Hoobrook Enterprise Centre.
“It’s always daunting to think of moving your business once it is established, but as a move was on the cards because of the new link road, I am really pleased with the way things have turned out. The new premises are larger and are well suited to the demands of our growing business. The added benefit for me is that they are just around the corner from my previous office so my customers will not have to travel far to find me.
“The regeneration team at Wyre Forest District Council has been supportive and helpful, showing a practical understanding of our needs and concerns. As our new premises are owned and operated by the Council, I feel reassured to have them as a landlord!”
Cllr John Campion, Cabinet Member for Planning and Regeneration said:
“We are pleased to have been able to help Terry Livesey with the successful relocation of his business with the minimum of disruption. As a Council we always try to go the extra mile to help our local businesses and we are pleased to have found a win-win solution on this occasion. We are continuing to liaise with the other businesses affected by the new link road so that they too can be relocated within the area.”
In the spirit of local organisations supporting each other, Terry Livesey has also joined with business owners around the district to provide the ‘pay it forward’ scheme. This initiative offers a range of free professional services to start up businesses. See the Council’s website for more information on the ‘pay it forward’ scheme.
The Hoobrook Link Road is a key infrastructure project being progressed by Worcestershire County Council, the District Council, the Department for Transport and inward investors. £4.9 million was secured for Phase 2 of the project from the Department for Transport’s Local Pinch Point fund.
The remainder of funding for the scheme, estimated to be around £7 million, is being provided from the Local Enterprise Partnerships, local sources and third-party bodies. The link road will connect the A442 Worcester Road to the A451 Stourport Road via the old British Sugar site (situated to the south of Kidderminster Town centre).
Planning permission for Phase 2 was granted in August 2014 and it is hoped that construction will start in 2015.
Picture shows: Terry Livesey in his new studio.