TVR and Blackpool Council have today agreed a site for TVR's new factory. The nine-acre site, which is in the Blackpool Business Park close to Blackpool Airport, has been secured by TVR for the development of a state-of-the-art facility, confirming the company's commitment to remaining in the area and to retaining its local workforce. "This is an important step for TVR, but there is still a lot to do towards the move," commented David Oxley, TVR managing director. "Relevant consents and planning permissions need to be obtained first and contractors' proposals tendered, so we expect it to take at least 18 months to complete the project." In the meantime, however, TVR will continue with its interim relocation strategy, announced recently, to ensure that production and services are uninterrupted and customers are unaffected.
Nikolai Smolenski, chairman of TVR said: "Blackpool is and has been historically a very important location for the British automotive industry. Both Jaguar and TVR were founded here, so I am glad to secure the future of TVR in Blackpool."
Blackpool Council is very pleased that TVR has decided to stay in Blackpool. Alan Cavill, Head of Corporate Policy and Development for Blackpool Council attended the British International Motor Show and said: "We look forward to continuing to work with TVR to deliver their future plans, and I'm sure the company will go from strength to strength. I was delighted to help in bringing about this decision to retain TVR in Blackpool, both for the company's future benefit and for the employees and residents of Blackpool."
Blackpool Business Park is a 75-acre site at the end of the M55 and adjacent to Blackpool Airport. It is home to 30 companies employing over 2,500 staff.