How mill with links to Emmerdale and Heartbeat has helped to create 400 jobs

A mill which was once used as a setting for scenes from the long-running soap opera Emmerdale has been transformed into a thriving commercial hub which provides work for around 400 people.

Sunny Bank Mills

The medical services company Technomed has moved into larger premises at Sunny Bank Mills in Farsley in West Yorkshire.

The Covid-19 pandemic has led to an increased demand for Technomed’s products, enabling the company to double the size of its offices at Sunny Bank.

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Technomed has moved from its boutique Old Engine Room premises to the larger 1912 Mill, where Yorkshire Television’s Emmerdale and Heartbeat were filmed.

Over the last decade, Sunny Bank Mills, has been transformed into a modern office complex which is home to 75 companies, which employ a total of nearly 400 staff.

Mark Pashley of Technomed, said: "Due to the hard work and commitment of all the staff at Technomed, the business has been growing rapidly over the last few years.

“The global pandemic has provided an opportunity for us to expand our Holter (wearable ECG device) mail order service.

"Where patients would traditionally be required to attend an appointment at a hospital or medical practice for fitment, with waiting lists sometimes into months, and then a second appointment at a later date for removal, within days our service sends the device directly to the patient for self-fitting at home with remote assistance if required.

“After a pre-defined wear period - which varies from 24 hours to 21 days- the encrypted device is collected via courier, returned to us and then reported on by one of our UK-based SCST accredited Cardiac Physiologists.

“The reports are immediately available on our secure portal for the healthcare provider’s clinical staff to process and treat the patient as required with much faster turnaround times

and increased patient safety,” said Mr Pashley.

“We are proud to play our part in supporting the NHS and private healthcare providers in these challenging times” he added.

John Gaunt, joint managing director of Edwin Woodhouse, the owners of Sunny Bank Mills, commented: “The success of Technomed, and their expansion within Sunny Bank Mills, gives us tremendous pleasure.

"We are delighted that we have been able to nurture Technomed and provide everything the company needs to succeed, especially amid this global pandemic.

“Technomed’s move to our iconic 1912 Mill is a resounding endorsement of our development of, and investment in, Sunny Bank. The refurbished 1912 Mill now has a number of occupiers, but 14,000 sq ft of very flexible Grade A office space is still available to lease”.