South Yorkshire business park proves top spot for specialist garage

Pictured are Scott Newman, Stuart Openshaw and Gary Crowcroft at SSG Prestige opening at Barrowfield Business Park

An independent garage which provides specialist services for Jaguars and Land Rovers is celebrating its first year in business at a new business park in South Yorkshire.

SSG Prestige was one of the first companies to move into Barrowfield Business Park, which was completed one year ago by commercial property developers Priority Space, in partnership with H.G. Sites. Every unit on site is now occupied or under offer.

Director of start-up company SSG Prestige Stuart Openshaw says their move to Barrowfield has been a key part of their own first-year success story.

Stuart said: “Because we provide specialist services to the owners of Land Rovers and Jaguars, we attract customers from a wide catchment area with some driving up to 150 miles to reach us from as far afield as Newcastle and Lincoln.

“We knew we needed somewhere that was easy to reach and find when we were looking for premises, and Barrowfiled is just ten minutes from the M1 and A1 and accessed by one quick turn off the A628 link road.

“The new, clean and brightly-lit unit was also perfect for us as it meant we could fit it out exactly as we wanted it and maintain a pristine working environment, which lots of customers really appreciate when we’re looking after their pride and joy.

“We don’t think we could have had a better place to set up and run our business.”

SSG Prestige was established by Stuart and co-directors Scott Newman and Gary Crowcroft in October 2020 and the business has quickly built a reputation for quality workmanship and customer service.

The £3m Barrowfield Park development in Thurnscoe, Barnsley, was built on the site of the former Hickleton Colliery, which shut in 1988.

It covers 25,000 sq ft and provides 15 units for industrial, storage and distribution use, between 1,250 sq ft – 2,250 sq ft in size. Officially opened in October 2020, all units have been sold, let or placed under offer.

Lee Buchanan, director of commercial property developers Priority Space, said: “Our aim in creating Barrowfield Business Park was to deliver high-quality, accessible workspaces in a well-placed location for local businesses and, one-year on, it’s great to see the site full and companies like SSG Prestige thriving and bringing investment and jobs into the local economy.”

The development was funded by the Sheffield City Region Jessica Fund, which supports commercial property and regeneration projects. Barnsley Council assisted Priority Space in securing this funding.

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