Cartwright Group North Lincolnshire artist impression Cartwright Conversions

Cartwright Group has purchased a 26-acre site in Belton, North Lincolnshire to create a new flagship base for Cartwright Conversions.

Led by MD Mark Cartwright, Cartwright Group currently build trailers and commercial vehicle bodies at its 38-acre site in Altrincham, with Cartwright Conversions operating from Doncaster.

The conversions business was launched in 2016 and is led by commercial and operations director Steve Shaw. It produces a range of specialised vehicles including ambulances, mobility, welfare, police and security vehicles for clients including the NHS, UK police forces and highways maintenance companies.

Cartwright Conversions will, subject to planning permission, move to the former Belton Brickworks site by spring 2019. Job numbers are expected to increase from 72 to around 250 over the following 18 months.

Eden planning director Donna Barber, advising Cartwright Group on the planning and development of the site, said: “The Belton location is perfect, with good access to the motorway. It enables Cartwright Conversions to stay in the area, easily relocate its skilled employees and provide room for future growth.

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"The proposals would bring a disused industrial site back into productive use, add a further 150,000ft sq of production space creating new jobs. Alongside this, additional local jobs and investment will also be created during the construction phase."

Shaw said “As well as holding a careers fair in conjunction with the council, Cartwright will also be introducing their multi-award winning apprenticeship scheme, aimed at young people looking to work in manufacturing.”

Cartwright Group includes S Cartwright & Sons (Coachbuilders), Cartwright Rentals, Cartwright Fleet Services and Cartwright Finance has increased turnover from £89m in 2014 to £140m in the year to 31 March 2017, its latest published accounts.

Group customers include Royal Mail, Argos, Asda, Sainsbury’s and Tesco.