300 jobs created at Leeds mill complex

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THE owners of the historic Sunny Bank Mills complex in Farsley are celebrating after revealing more than 300 jobs have now been created at the 10-acre site.

A total of 60 companies are trading at the mill complex – which was opened for business in 2010 – and a proposed expansion could see jobs created at the site double to 600.

William Gaunt, joint managing director of Edwin Woodhouse, the owners of Sunny Bank Mills, said: “We feel very proud to have broken the 300 jobs barrier, especially as we began the multi-million pound regeneration of the mill in a very challenging market for commercial property. We are well on our way to reclaiming our status as the prime employer in the area.

“We are seeing a steady flow of new tenants into Sunny Bank Mills, breathing new life into an historic complex. They are all excellent examples of successful companies being attracted to a quality business environment and their arrival underlines the versatility and flexibility of space at Sunny Bank Mills.”

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Earlier this year, Edwin Woodhouse secured planning permission for a multi million pound major new phase of regeneration at the mills. The new plans feature 210,000 sq ft of mixed-use development and space for a further 300 new and sustainable jobs.

It will feature new build and regenerated mill buildings, with new housing and will include a three-acre woodland with mill ponds.

The Yorkshire Physiotherapy Network, one of the mill’s first tenants, has signed a new five-year lease.

Managing director Jonny Picot said: “We first moved to Sunny Bank Mills in 2010, when John and William Gaunt’s brave vision for their mill was in its infancy. We bought into that vision and have been absolutely delighted to see how the mill complex has blossomed into a thriving business centre and a focal point for life in Farsley.”

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