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Trading Places

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire looked at the Sydenham Industrial Estate in Leamington throughout the week beginning Monday, 9 March 2009.

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Following on from our snapshot look at life in Cash's Lane, Coventry, we looked at how the Warwickshire industrial estate is coping during the recession.

Each day on Liz Kershaw's breakfast show, we heard from some of the many companies on the estate. Mark Powlett also spoke to some of them in his Going for a Song feature.

Our reporter Moira Rawlings went down to meet some of the company owners on the estate and you can hear a montage of some of the residents by clicking on the link below:

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Sisters Vicky Shepherd and Jenny Deeming own Cologne and Cotton.

Vicky Shepherd

Vicky Shepherd

Despite this difficult time, business is good so, in their 20th year, they are expanding and opening a new, larger warehouse on the Sydenham Industrial Estate. They also have a shop in the centre of Leamington.

You can hear Vicky and Jenny's interview with BBC Coventry & Warwickshire's Moira Rawlings by clicking on the link below:

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire's Moira Rawlings also met up with Nigel Briggs from the SYDNI History Project to find out more about the estate's history.

Nigel Briggs

Nigel Briggs

We found out that the estate was designed in 1968 by Sir Frederick Gibberd and is based on an estate in New York.

Nigel also shared some history about what was on the site before 1968 - and a fascinating fact is that the land was once visited by Buffalo Bill! You can hear the interview by clicking on the link below:

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On Tuesday, we heard from John Jones and Chris Leggett from Malens - a car recovery company who are based on the Sydenham Industrial Estate.

John Jones

John Jones

They have been going for nine years and have a staff of 55 - ten of which have been with the company since the start.

The rise in fuel prices have made business hard, but they are still going strong and are hoping to expand over the next few years to other parts of Warwickshire and across the border into Oxfordshire.

You can hear their full story by clicking on the link below:

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On Wednesday, we heard from the joint Managing Director of the Box Factor, Jeffrey Philips. They manufacture corrugated cardboard boxes and are one of the oldest companies on the estate.

Jeffrey Philips

Jeffrey Philips

Before the recession was officially announced, they were already feeling the effect and could see it coming from their order patterns. If one of their customers falls, it hits them too.

Jeffrey believes that it will get worse before it gets better, but hopes that 2010 will see a change for the positive.

You can hear Moira's interview with Jeffrey by clicking on the link below:

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On Thursday, we heard from the owner of the snack van, Linda Franks.

Linda Franks

Linda Franks

She feeds and waters the residents of the estate, but has noticed a downfall in trade recently.

Despite this, she still feels secure and turns up every day, but just buys less stock and just hopes for the best.

You can hear Moira's interview with Moira by clicking on the link below:

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On Friday - the last day of our Trading Places feature - BBC Coventry & Warwickshire's Liz Kershaw took her Breakfast Show to the Sydenham Industrial Estate.

We heard from some of the companies that we'd met during the week, but also some different businesses and organisations.

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Some of the guests from the estate

These included Tina and Daniel Reilly of Modern Homes, Val Sarginson -  the Director of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, and John Woodworth, - owner/manager of textile manufacturers Tracy Adams.

We heard how the recession and credit crunch was effecting their businesses.

You can see some of the photos from the broadcast by clicking on the link below:

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire's Moira Rawlings also pre-recorded an interview with Val Sargison for our website.

Leamington Spa is a perfect place for the company as it's a central base for the organisation, which has to travel from the top of Scotland to Cornwall in the south and Ireland.

Their main focus is on maintaining WW1 and WW2 graves, but they also deal with enquiries from members of the public. You can listen to Moira's interview and find out more about the non-profit organisation by clicking on the link below:

How to listen to BBC Coventry & Warwickshire: 94.8, 103.7 and 104FM, DAB and BBC iPlayer (click on the link on the right-hand side of this page to listen live).

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