In our latest personal profile, we sat down with Zeb Pervaiz, CEO of SKA Developments, a Huddersfield-based, family-operated property, development and regeneration firm.
Zeb was instrumental in driving forward SKA Textiles, a business that had been in his family since its launch in 1975, before focussing his efforts on developing the SKA property portfolio under the SKA Group. Its first property project, Thread Works, was finalised in 2013 and set in motion Zeb’s desire to bring further regeneration to Huddersfield town centre.
We chatted with Zeb about his latest projects, his vision for the town and why Huddersfield has been key to his success.
Hi Zeb, can you describe to us what your business does?
We build and sell lifestyles. Developing accommodation, commercial units and business parks to client’s specifications.
How many staff do you employ?
What does your role entail?
Everything! I oversee every project, from concept to completion. I like to be involved in all aspects of the business.
What attracted you to start/operate your business in Huddersfield?
SKA is a family business, established nearly 50 years ago.
Can you tell us about the work your business has done in Huddersfield town centre?
The SKA Group has been responsible for the regeneration and redevelopment of a number of town centre properties. We also develop both commercial and industrial sites within the HD1 area.
Can you share any news about your current Huddersfield projects?
We recently completed the regeneration of the former Co-Operative building into Renaissance Works. We have also begun work on our third business park in HD1 which will be circa 85,000sqft once completed – located just off St Thomas’s Road.
What advice would you give to someone looking to set up or relocate their business in Huddersfield?
Huddersfield is a great town with a fantastic community, excellent connectivity and thriving local industry – go for it!
What are your hopes for Huddersfield 10 years from now?
My hope is that Huddersfield becomes a true renaissance town. With the 3M Buckley site and the University’s new Medical Research Centre I think the future is looking very positive for the town.
On a personal level, what do you love most about the town?
The architecture, the history and the views!
Where is your favourite place to eat/drink in Huddersfield?
There are too many great eateries in Huddersfield to choose a favourite, though I am known for my sweet tooth!
What is your opinion on Huddersfield University’s plans/aim/objectives for the Health Innovation Centre and how do the plans impact your work?
Fantastic – it will bring life (and funds) back to the town and give local businesses a real lift.
What is your opinion on the TransPennine rail route upgrade?
We need the upgrade to happen ASAP. Huddersfield is a key site in the wider area, particularly for commuters.
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