South Road, Ellesmere Port – Sale

EMS Group has announced a £3.4m investment in property and technology as it prepares for its move into South Road, Ellesmere Port. Along with Westland Horticulture and investor Harper House International, EMS acquired space through agent LM6 at the former Sims recycling site in June.

EMS is made up of roadshow agency Event Marketing Solutions and EMS Healthcare, a primary supplier of fully compliant mobile medical units to the NHS. The new premises offices will account for £2.4 million of the invested funds, providing the group with the ability to meet growing demand in both its markets.

The 21,452 sq ft facility sits within the Cheshire Science Corridor Enterprise Zone, meaning the company will benefit from reduced business rates as it continues to grow.

A further £1m investment in technology and fleet capacity will see the business establish a workshop to create and design its roadshow trucks in-house, a development that also creates new senior roles at the company across management and vehicle body building.

Keith Austin, chief executive, said: “Increased demand for mobile solutions in both of our core markets has put us on a tremendous growth trajectory that now requires that we invest further in expanding our Cheshire operations. “While we will still be working with our network of suppliers, we have exciting plans to bring some more design and tech-capabilities in-house. This will be significant in driving cost efficiencies, and our customers will benefit from greater speed of deployment of our vehicles.

“The new workshop and technology is a real first within our sector, and reflects our commitment to spearheading the industry with innovations that will future-proof our service.”

EMS topped £1m profit for the first time in 2016, a year that saw it launch its largest Middle Eastern project to date – a £2.5m roadshow across Saudi Arabia for a legacy tour of the late King Abdullah. The business now operates in 40 countries.