Transport links make Goole a great gateway
IMPRESSIVE transport links and the ability to draw workers from nearby towns and cities has made Goole an attractive option for businesses looking to expand or relocate.
Its Anglo Saxon meaning may roughly translate as "open sewer" but for an increasing number of East Yorkshire firms, Goole's location to the port and motorway network is proving a tempting offer.
And, as the UK's most inland port, located about 50 miles from the North Sea and less than two miles from the M62, the town is just a 30- minute drive from the industrial areas of West and South Yorkshire, making it equally attractive to national and international firms.
Ben Medhurst of PPH Commercial said: "Logistically, Goole is in a good position.
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"Where it sits in relation to the motorway network is very impressive so a lot of Hull businesses look at Goole as a being a potential for relocation.
"If you are based in Sutton Fields, for example, you are looking at an hour or an hour and a half's travelling time to reach that point on the motorway.
"Also, it is very easy to access a workforce that ordinarily wouldn't travel as far as Hull.
"If you speak with businesses in Goole, they are pulling people in from places such as Leeds and Sheffield."
Mr Medhurst's comments come off the back of the Kerfoot Group acquiring 60,000sq ft of factory space in Goole for more than £1m. This was the largest industrial property deal in the town throughout last year.
The vegetable oil specialist, which was founded by the Kerfoot family in 1980 and now has a turnover of £84m, already had existing sites in the town.
In 2009, PPH Commercial advised the developers at Opus 36 who sold about 32,000sq ft of refurbished warehouse space to the Ripon-based processor of edible oils.
Mr Medhurst, who also brokered the latest Kerfoot deal, said: "The company brings all its commodities through Goole docks so it is a great location for them.
"It acquired a couple of units in the town three years ago, and has now taken an additional 60,000sq ft.
"The company is expanding at a fairly rapid rate.
"This is an example of a good Yorkshire business that is proving successful and expanding."