Elite Militaria is armed and ready for business in east Hull as firms take over units

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 13 Mar 2017

A military invasion has taken a new business park in east Hull to capacity less than a year after the site was launched on to the market.

The rush for the 13 units at Tower House Lane Business Park has also highlighted the rising demand for high-quality small space, with agents Garness Jones now looking for more opportunities.

Paul Nelson, owner of Elite Militaria, completed his move to Tower House Lane Business Park within weeks of discovering the opportunity.

The company supplies simulated weapons to people who re-enact battles, to museums and to the military as training aids.

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Mr Nelson, who worked in construction before turning his militaria hobby into a business more than six years ago, also runs the Yorkshire Wartime Experience every year at East Bierley, near Bradford.

He said: "We had been planning to move for the past 12 months but we were just so busy. In the end we just decided to get on with it."We saw this on a Sunday, made enquiries the next day and were in a couple of weeks later."

Mr Nelson said the Yorkshire Wartime Experience is the largest event of its kind in the north and has the largest collection of military vehicles.

"We needed a building where we could get tanks in and out – we can get two in here," he said.

Modified Coatings, which customises anything from household items to bikes, cars and furniture, took up occupation last May, the first tenant after the business park was built on the site of the old Motorhog car sales and spares business.

The firm has since been joined by companies operating in sectors including renewables, engineering and specialist car sales.

Dale Gooderham, senior agency surveyor at Garness Jones, said: "We expected strong demand for the units at Tower House Lane Business Park because of its location close to the Green Port development and because of the high quality of the premises, which benefited from European Regional Development Fund investment.

"We added to the appeal by ensuring we could meet the needs of businesses to move quickly, and that's been a feature of our approach to other sites.

"Business parks and industrial estates in Hull, Beverley, Market Weighton, Hornsea and Withernsea are all full or close to capacity, as are properties in Grimsby."

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