Enterprise quitting county head office

Enterprise plc's head office on Centurion Way in Farington, Leyland
Enterprise plc's head office on Centurion Way in Farington, Leyland
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Support services giant Enterprise will quit its Lancashire headquarters by next year, its new owner has revealed.

Amey, the UK arm of Spanish giant Ferrovial Services, has said it will move out of Lancaster House in Farington, Leyland, when the company’s lease on the building expires in 2014.

But, it has insisted the group remains “fully committed” to staying in the area and is looking for new offices in the North West.

The company completed a £283m takeover of the Enterprise last week in a deal which saw its 600-strong workforce transfer to Amey, as the company will now be branded.

A spokesman said: “Amey is fully committed to sustaining a base in the region and creating ‘hubs’ that will form the backbone of the business across the UK.

“We value and invest in our employees and remain committed to our colleagues in the North West.

“The company’s lease on Lancaster House expires in 2014 and we have decided not to renew it.

“We do however remain fully committed to the region and we are already actively seeking alternative office space.”

The new owner confirmed it expects to be able to make £40m of “efficiency savings” by integrating the two businesses, but insisted it is targeting savings in areas other than personnel.

It cited its commitment to developing its workforce, including graduate and apprenticeship schemes, which has won its ‘gold status’ from human resources watchdog, Investors in People.

The spokesman added: “The vast majority of these savings will be from procurement and additional sales opportunities, including cross selling across our business.”

Last week, Amey chief executive Mel Ewell visited locations operated by Enterprise across the country including addressing staff in Leyland.

They were told the company had “strong plans for growth and to invest in the business as a whole.”

The spokesman added: “Over the coming months we will look at integrating the two organisations to form a new combined force.

“We are fully are committed to being fair and open with all employees throughout this process.”