Global marketing and healthcare firm EMS Group is investing £3.4 million into a new headquarters and in-house roadshow truck workshop.
The new base of the company, which is made up of roadshow agency Event Marketing Solutions (EMS) and mobile medical unit supplier EMS Healthcare, will fall will within the Cheshire Science Corridor Enterprise Zone.
The status means the firm will benefit from reduced business rates as it grows at the 21,452 sq ft head office, which will be situated on South Road in Ellesmere Port.
A £2.4m share of EMS Group’s invested funds will cover the move to the new state-of-the-art, which will enable it to meet growing demand for its NHS-approved healthcare units.
Meanwhile the other £1m will fund investment in technology and fleet capacity to establish a workshop where the company can create and design its roadshow trucks in-house. This move is, in turn, creating new senior jobs across management and vehicle body building.
Keith Austin, CEO of EMS Group, says: “Increased demand for mobile solutions in both of our core markets – marketing events and healthcare – has put us on a tremendous growth trajectory that now requires that we invest further in expanding our Cheshire operations.
“While we will still be working with our network of suppliers, we have exciting plans to bring some more design and tech-capabilities in-house. This will be significant in driving cost efficiencies, and our customers will benefit from greater speed of deployment of our vehicles.”
Commenting on the potential the new workshop can bring for EMS Group, which now operates in 40 countries, Austin adds: “The investment in technology will also be instrumental in our ability to innovate in new markets, catering to them individually by developing vehicles to meet their specific needs.
“For EMS Healthcare, it means we can widen our offering of clinical medical units to the NHS, further supporting the NHS Five Year Forward view and the drive for more out-of-hospital and community care.”