Meet Euro Garages

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National forecourt operator Euro Garages is the latest business to sign up to the new £25m Mill Farm Sports Village currently taking shape in Wesham.

The site will include a full retail convenience development including branded fuel, a convenience store and a Kentucky Fried Chicken drive through. The petrol station will be the first in Kirkham and Wesham for several years after seven different petrol stations were gradually removed from the area over the past few years.

Euro Garages Commercial Director Ilyas Munshi said the Mill Farm site was the perfect location and a fantastic opportunity for the forecourt operator.

He added: “The Mill Farm development is a truly aspirational leisure and retail project coming to the Fylde Coast. It will generate a high level of footfall and will certainly benefit local residents and people who work in the area.”

The site will be one of 350 forecourt sites that Euro Garages control around the UK. The company currently operates and manages sites under BP, ESSO and Shell fuel brands as well as partnerships with leading retail names. Recruitment for the site is already underway.

Mill Farm owner David Haythornthwaite said: “Our plans have always been focused on providing facilities and services that really benefit the local community. It is hard to believe that there are no petrol stations in the area so when Euro Garages approached us it was an ideal partnership.”

Meet Trilanco

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Trilanco Managing Director Martin Balmer admits he jumped at the chance to relocate his company to Mill Farm.

Currently based in Poulton-le-Fylde, family-owned Trilanco is the UK’s largest animal health and equine products wholesaler. Currently employing 78 staff, Trilanco supplies retailers nationwide with over 12,000 product lines from the leading manufacturers all over the world.

The new six acre site will boast a 110,000 square foot warehouse with space to house Trilanco’s own fleet of vehicles that deliver to retailers in the UK and further afield each week.

Martin said: “There was a real possibility that we would have to move out of the area because we have totally outgrown our current premises.

“We’re really pleased that we can keep our business on the Fylde coast and, as it’s just six miles from our current location, there are no issues for our staff.”

“When David Haythornthwaite contacted me enquiring if we were looking for land, it seemed like it was meant to be. We have been involved since the very early days and we can’t wait to get started.”

“We have already booked 10 season tickets for the stadium too, so we can take staff, clients and suppliers to the football for a nice day out. We feel it is important to invest back into the local community.”

The new facility at Mill Farm gives Trilanco the platform to continue to grow. It also helps to secure jobs for the current team and potentially create new employment in the area in the future.

The pace at which Trilanco is growing has not gone unnoticed. This year alone they have been named in the Manchester Fastest 50, Real Business’s Hot 100, the London Stock Exchange’s 1000 Companies to Inspire Britain and most recently they made it into the Investec Mid-Market 100.

“We’re very proud of any list we make or award we’re nominated for or win,” added Martin.

“Our philosophy at Trilanco is a pretty simple one – we want to work closely with our customers and provide what they need. There are lots of ways that we do this, and I’m very lucky to have such a strong team who make it happen. I like to think the recognition we’re receiving proves we’re doing something right.”