When we started in 1983 we wanted to build more than just an office block, business park or commercial property.
We wanted to build a community of businesses where companies could start, grow and lean on each other in a supportive environment.
Unlike other landlords, we use what profit we have to offer additional services at competitive prices to help businesses in Central Scotland grow.
Once a thriving carpet factory, the John Player Building nearly didn’t make it through World War 2. A German bomber dropped a landmine, just missing the factory and hitting the old King’s Park football ground.
In 1983, a chapter of industrial history ended as John Player & Sons cigarette factory, originally opened in 1953, closed its doors in Stirling. Central Region Industry and Business Park Trust Ltd, known today as STEP was formed in November 1983, and a year later, the building was handed over to the Central Region Industry and Business Park Trust Ltd and name Stirling Enterprise Park. The site was then officially opened on 25th January 1985 by Mr David Murray.
One of the first of its kind, STEP’s goal was to ‘help grow the environment for growth and enterprise in Stirling’. Offering low-cost business premises, with the unique concept of offering free Business Support services, the opening of the site attracted royalty.
One Thursday every month we are taking a look back through STEP’s archives at business successes of the past. This month we are looking back to 1997.