Thame is set to receive a major jobs boost should a planning application on behalf of two new occupiers at Cotmorewells Farm, Howland Road be approved.

Leading developer, Stoford is working on behalf of haberdashery distributor, Groves, and print and production house, The Windles Group, to apply for planning for 100,000 sqft and 49,000 sqft respectively for warehouse and production facilities.

Established in 1966, Groves has grown from a small family business to one of Europe’s leading independent distributors of sewing accessories and needlecrafts to retailers including Dunelm Group , Hobbycraft and The John Lewis Partnership. The proposed facility will provide Groves with a state of the art distribution centre to improve efficiency and enable continued growth.

The Windles Group specialises in creative print production, working across commercial and retail print. The new facilities will provide the Group with the ability to increase capacity by 40% over their existing site in Long Crendon where they have been for the last 25 years.

The two firms currently employ 170 people and the development is expected to generate a total of 70 new jobs over the next five years should planning be successful.

Stoford secured an initial planning allocation for the 10 acre site at Howland Road last year. It forms part of Thame Town Plan, the first of its kind in the UK to allocate sites for development.

Andrew Groves, Managing Director at Groves said, “We are delighted to have the opportunity to remain in the Thame area and avoid the disruption of a move to larger facilities out of the locatlity.”

Managing Director at The Windles Group, Bruce Podmore, added, “The proposed development will enable us to stay in the local area, ensuring that employment opportunities are secured for local people. The purpose built facility will also provide us with industry leading facilities to support future growth.”

Dan Gallagher, Joint Managing Director at Stoford said, “Groves and The Windles Group are both successful, growing businesses and their expansion plans are great news for the local economy.

“The site will fill the need identified in the town plan for new employment space, and the early commitment of these occupiers underlines this.”

A public exhibition of the plans will take place at Thame Town Hall on Friday 28 March from 10am – 6.30pm.


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