Lisburn wins battle of the businesses
by STACEY HEANEY
the debate rages over the siting of the National Stadium,
Belfast has lost out to Lisburn as one business at least has
left the city to relocate to Lisburn.
Hot on the heels of Robert Craig & Sons, who
last year moved to a new purpose-designed facility in Lisburn
from Belfast, alloy wheel wholesale distributor's Motorsport
Wheels, are currently preparing to relocate to Lisburn.
Motorsport Wheels will be opening their new
distribution centre for Ireland in Knockmore Industrial Estate
this month. Manager Drew Gregg explained their reasons for
choosing to relocate to Lisburn.
"We had reached the point where we needed to
relocate to larger premises, however I was also getting more and
more concerned about the down-time with our vans sitting in
traffic queues, staff getting frustrated with the roads chaos in
Belfast and the length of time it was taking for my staff to get
to and from their work."
He continued, "I came to the conclusion that
we didn't need to be in Belfast, we didn't need the hassle that
Belfast roads network had created. Moving to Lisburn was the
obvious choice, it has good roads infrastructure, it is beside
the MI and the Al south, our delivery vans would not be sitting
for hours in traffic and customers can access Lisburn with
Drew, who says it takes him an hour and a
half to drive from Banbridge to Belfast each morning, believes
that the Belfast road network could not cope with the National
He stated: "I get amused every time I hear
the discussions on the radio or TV about the siting of the New
National Stadium, if Belfast can't cope with the traffic it now
has, how on earth will it cope with another venue that will
attract thousands more into the city?
"We are very excited about our move to
Knockmore Industrial Estate here in Lisburn," Drew said.
"Our new premises will more than double our
capacity which will mean a better stock holding, a larger range
of wheels and a better service to our customers.
"We are confident that Lisburn will be an
ideal location to see us into the next stage of our developments
within Ireland," he concluded.