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Warm welcome for radiator firm's Bingley move
A radiator firm which helps keep the Bradgelina household toasty will be taking over the former Royal Mail delivery office in Bingley.
And a director of Feature Radiators hopes the move will be first class news for the town as well as the company.
The business has been based at Bingley Railway Station, in Wellington Street, for 12 years but is expanding to the bigger premises in Main Street.
The sorting office will be transformed into a showroom, meaning double the stock can be on display for customers who visit from across the country.
Company director Katie Findlay said people went to Bingley especially to visit Feature Radiators.
“Often people travel from London, stay overnight and come and see us. People come from Scotland and Wales, they will travel a long way because they can see everything under one roof.
“This will bring in more people from outside the area and hopefully they’ll use a Bingley coffee shop and stay in a local hotel,” she said.
And the West Yorkshire firm’s goods have been transported even further afield. In December the company supplied cast iron radiators for Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s French chateau.
Katie Findlay added: “We know they liked them because they came back for more!”
The move may also mean a jobs boost for the area as the company hopes to double its workforce to 20 as it expands in the building, which is more than three times bigger than the current base.
Royal Mail announced it was selling the site, which it owned since 1913, in September and closed it in November. Bingley Chamber of Trade and Commerce was concerned the building could be empty for a long time.
Honorary president Howard Martin said: “I think it’s excellent that they’re getting a more prominent building and that the old sorting office isn’t going to be a long-term vacant and empty eyesore on Main Street.”
Katie Findlay, who runs the company with her husband Phil Jackson, added: “We wanted to stay in Bingley. Most of our staff will either walk or cycle to work, so we’ve got a lot of local employees.
“As a business we’d like to see Bingley improve, so getting on the main street we felt could only be a good move for Bingley, rather than having a boarded-up building.”
Bingley town centre manager Bob Parker welcomed the news. He said: “Not only are we getting a prominent building back into use on a main street, but we’ve also got a local business expanding, which is especially good news in the recession.”
The company was granted change of use planning permission by Bradford Council on Tuesday and was due to get the keys to the building yesterday. It hopes to complete renovations within four months.
The Council’s decision letter said the change would ‘support the vitality and viability of Bingley town centre.’