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Construction begins on Dow’s Cheadle Royal HQ

Dow has today broken ground on the building that will become its new UK & Ireland headquarters. The new head office, at Cheadle Royal Business Park in Stockport, Greater Manchester, will be home to the company’s national management team, technical and sales office, and a product research and development (R&D) facility. The new building, which will be home to over 40 Dow employees, is reflective of the company’s dedication to its UK business, as well as an investment into the local Cheadle area.

Cheadle Royal Business Park is a £175m development delivered by national urban regeneration and development specialists, Muse Developments, working with North West based, Seddon Construction. It boasts a close vicinity to Manchester Airport and benefits from access to a range of on-site amenities, including shops, bars, restaurants, and health facilities.

At an event today, John Case, Dow’s UK & Ireland country manager, welcomed guests including Mary Robinson, the MP for Cheadle; Jim Lindley, the US Embassy commercial counsellor, Councillor David Meller, cabinet member for economy and regeneration at Stockport Council, Damian Waters, North West director of the CBI, to a ceremony to break ground at the new site location. They were also joined by Nick Platt, partner at Knight Frank, Ian Matthews, operations manager at Seddons, as well as Phil Mayall, regional director, and Tom Webber, senior development surveyor at Muse Developments.

Dow is a Fortune 50 global multinational, which was founded in 1897 in Michigan, USA; and has been operating in the UK since the 1950s. Today’s ceremony honours its long-standing commitment to the UK, bringing its innovative solutions across the science and technology space to a variety of UK businesses, including packaging, consumer care, and infrastructure.

John Case, country manager for UK & Ireland, Dow said: “It’s an exciting time to be working at Dow in the UK, and our investment in the local area is a sign of our commitment to the customer base we have here. Cheadle Royal is such an impressive new site. We can’t wait to move in and take advantage of the new state-of-the-art facilities here.”

Mary Robinson, MP for Cheadle, said: “We’re here today to celebrate the significant investment Dow is making into the local area. Having a major blue-chip company headquartered in our town is a big achievement for the ongoing regeneration of Cheadle Royal. I’m delighted to welcome the company to the area and to celebrate with the team today as we look forward to the opening of the new UK head office and the number of highly-skilled jobs they will bring to the area.”

Councillor David Meller, cabinet member for economy and regeneration at Stockport Council, said: “We’re thrilled to welcome Dow to Stockport. The company will join the likes of Adidas, Starkey Laboratories and MAN Diesel and Turbo when they move to the borough. Our town is fast becoming one of the UK's best-connected business locations, which is why so many organisations are investing here. These decisions bring new jobs and opportunities to the borough, benefiting everyone who lives and works in Stockport.”

Tom Webber, senior development surveyor at Muse, said: “We’re proud to be part of a strong, open partnership as represented here today to celebrate the start of construction on the site. Attracting Dow into Cheadle Royal and the borough of Stockport is a significant accomplishment. Not only does it complete development on part of the scheme, with only one plot still available, but it will also bring highly-skilled jobs and investment to the area and provide a platform for long-term, sustainable regeneration.”

Development of Dow’s new building is expected to complete by the end of 2020. Other businesses currently based at Cheadle Royal include Together Money, Jarden and Agilent Technologies.