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  • Award-winning Escrick Park Estate now 100 percent occupied


    The award-winning Escrick Park Estate, between York and Selby, is now fully occupied.

    Three flourishing North Yorkshire companies have recently relocated to the historic estate, which brings the total number of jobs created there to 130.

    Escrick Park has been owned and managed by the Forbes Adam family for the past 350 years.

    Seven redundant farmsteads on the park, east of the A19, have undergone a comprehensive £1.4 million refurbishment, providing a significant boost to the local economy.  These farm building conversions won the coveted Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors Award.

    The new occupiers on the estate are Once Upon A Dress, The Bloody Stuff and C-Kore.

    Bespoke bridal dressmakers and seamstresses Once Upon A Dress have taken 1,200 sq ft at 5 Park Court on the estate.

    Rachel Davis of Once Upon A Dress explained: “My colleague Samantha Rowley and I set up the business three years ago with the dream of moving into a barn conversion. When we first started, it was just the two of us. Now we’ve grown into a group of five. Moving to Park Court has been such an exciting adventure for us. It’s been lovely to see our own ideas put forward into our refurbishment to transform this beautiful building into our dream work place.

    “Working in the fast-paced bridal world, we need to keep up to date with the current trends. Our expansion allows us to do this. We also moved to Escrick because of the beautiful location, and the easy commute from York for both our staff and clients. There’s nothing better than gazing out of the window and seeing the deer and the wildlife. There’s almost a magical feel to it.

    “The move has been such a pleasure with Helen Pentith of Escrick Park Estate being on hand every step of the way. Working within Escrick Estate gives us a lovely sense of freedom in such a picturesque setting. We are very excited to see our business grow further within Escrick Park,” she said.

    Meanwhile expanding film and TV props and effects company The Bloody Stuff, who work on such iconic shows as Peaky Blinders and Coronation Street, have moved into the 860 sq ft Pallion building at Whinchat.

    Production direction Steven Herbert commented: “This is the ideal location for us. The rural setting is perfect and the character of our building makes for a stimulating working environment.

    “Other types of accommodation, such as light industrial warehouses, just aren’t appropriate for what we do. We haven’t been here long, but we already love our new home. It also helps we are close to Screen Yorkshire’s stunning headquarters at Church Fenton

    Finally C-Kore have taken 1,300 sq ft at 3 Bramley’s Barn in the Menagerie.

    Tim Overfield, C-Kore’s managing director, explained: “We are a fast-developing, high technology company operating in the subsea oil industry.  We have been searching for suitable high-quality business premises for some time and are delighted to be moving into Escrick Park.  We look forward to operating from this great location.”

    Charles Forbes Adam, the owner and developer of Escrick Park, which is just five minutes away from the A64, commented: “We are delighted to welcome these three thriving – and very different – companies to our business park, especially as that means we are now full. Their arrival is a ringing endorsement of the quality of our rural offices, which are attracting new occupiers in challenging, post-Brexit economic times.

    “We are tremendously proud of creating a serious business park, with top-class facilities, within a rural idyll. We believe Escrick Park, which comprises a number of self-contained hi-spec office developments and 14 units for light industry, has an exceptional and inspiring working environment which is unrivalled in the south York and Selby areas.”

    Meanwhile the estate is celebrating the news that two of the businesses on the estate have been named in the York Top 100 Businesses table.

    Ypsomed and IMC Toys (UK) have both been included in this prestigious list, published this month. Ypsomed, pharmaceutical goods wholesalers, are at No 54, while IMC Toys, who sell toys to non-specialised stores across the world, are just behind at No 57.

    Ypsomed are based at1 Park Court, Riccall Road, with IMC Toys at Bramley’s Barn, The Menagerie, on the historic, family-run estate.

    Ypsomed are a relatively new company to Escrick Park having been clients for three years but IMC Toys have had a long association with the estate, taking their first 2,000 square foot in 2006 and now occupy over 4,500 square feet at The Menagerie.

    Charles Forbes Adam commented: “This is tremendous news and we would like to extend our warmest congratulations to both companies on this excellent achievement. We are very proud of them.”