Wyre Dock Development Ltd
The company was formed and registered in 2016 to provide the launch vehicle for an ambitious development benefitting Fleetwood and the wider community.
The company's directors are residents of the Fylde Coast with strong links to Fleetwood and a desire to make a difference to the Town.
Frank Heald is Fleetwood born and joined the family owned grocery business ‘Healds’ from university. Healds developed into the convenience store chain ‘Day and Nite’ with advanced software and financial controls developed in-house. 32 years later, with 100 stores in the North of England, and the first voice controlled warehouse operation in the UK, the company was sold to T&S Stores and then onto Tesco.
Frank started a charity in 2000 that focuses on helping the young and disadvantaged in Fleetwood and is also involved in other commercial and community support projects in the town including Wyre Tidal Energy Ltd and a collection of old Blackpool & Fleetwood Trams to preserve them and put them on public display. The latter has morphed into a larger scheme involving leisure and commercial investments at Wyre Dock.
Chairman of VoiteQ Ltd. the company Frank founded in 2001 with the IT team from Day & Nite stores. Voiteq is an advanced voice technology systems developer for the logistics sector has grown from 11 staff in 2001 to 120+ today with offices in North America, France and Germany and installations across Europe and North America.
John Woodman grew up in Blackpool during the 1950s and has always taken an active interest in the town’s changing transport scene even when working in the USA where he was involved in the transfer of several European trams from the UK and Europe for heritage tram projects in the US.
His professional responsibilities in New York over twenty years embraced marketing European regions and cities to US business expanding into Europe. John was an invited speaker at the World Trade Institute - an arm of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, addressing foreign economic development organisations in annual training programmes of the WTI.
His European experience was regularly utilised in the International Real Estate Group (IREG) - a coalition of US corporate real estate officers of Fortune 500 companies sharing insight into locational issues for new facilities overseas.