FIVE companies previously based at Alexandra Business Park have been given a new home thanks one of the St Helens businessmen behind Ena Works and Ruskin.

Earlier this month, the Star reported how between 28 and 30 businesses based at Alexandra Business Park, which was the former headquarters of Pilkington Glass, off Prescot Road were sent an email giving them until May 4 to vacate the premises.

It is understood owners SHL Properties and Investment Limited sent an email to the businesses, citing the energy crisis and the current economic instability as the cause.

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Following the news, it was unclear what the future would hold for these companies and the council and St Helens Chamber sought alternative locations for them.

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On hearing this, St Helens businessman Stephen Palfrey has secured permanent spaces for five of those companies. Four within his latest venture of Ena Works in the former Ena Shaws building on Duke Street and another at Ruskin.

He said: “When town centre manager Gary Maddock got in touch I just felt for these businesses, long established St Helens businesses and I got in touch to see if I could help them.

“We’ve got Norman Global Logistics, Branded Item Group, Home Scope and D&G Electrical moving into Ena Works and an artist called Andrew Allen moving his studio to Ruskin.

“I’m just thrilled to be honest because I think it would be a real shame to have St Helens businesses owned by St Helens people to be closed over something like that.

“It’s majorly important to redevelop buildings and create a circle of economy. I’m really passionate about reusing and adapting what’s there.

“I’m thrilled we’ve been able to give them a home and can’t wait to have everything up and running.”

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