Thursday 24 February 2022

A Beverley business park has been sold to an American real estate company in a £15.5 million deal. Tokenspire Business Park, home to at least 15 companies, including Alexander Ellis, East Yorkshire’s largest furniture showroom, Regent Mobile Homes, Sargent Electrical Services and Tapco Roofing Products, has been developed over the past 50 years. 

Ardent Companies UK, the British division of the US company that bought Tokenspire from London-based owners Vengrove, say they want to to follow through on planning permission for eight new units on the business park. 

East Riding Council staff are worried and angry about an outside company being hired to evaluate jobs and pay at a cost of £2.5 million at the same time as they face local levy hikes and price rises, a union representative has said.

Sarah Keig, a regional organiser with Unison, which represents East Riding Council workers, said members feared the Total Pay and Reward review could threaten existing pay and conditions. Union members protested outside County Hall in Beverley yesterday when the review was being considered at a full council meeting. However, a council spokesperson said they had investigated the scheme set to be used and found it was robust, having been used by other local authorities.

And finally, volunteers running the Beverley Repair Cafe hold their second session at the recently-reopened Armstrong Centre this Saturday morning between 9.30 and 11am. More details are available via the group’s Facebook page.