Centre’s first tenants positive sign for local economy
The first tenants have been welcomed into the Harborough Grow-on Centre, and discussions are underway for more companies to join them over the coming weeks.
Krypton IT Solutions have moved into the new Harborough District Council-owned office space in Market Harborough, which boasts flexible office suites ranging in size from around 500 to 2,100 square feet.
Several other companies are actively discussing accommodation options and lease terms with the Council, a strong indication that Harborough district’s robust economy is showing really positive signs of regrowth after the challenges of Covid-19.
Harborough Grow-on Centre (HGC) is a brand-new energy efficient, high specification office building designed for dynamic and growing small and medium-sized businesses, located in an expanding commercial area.
Darren Shaw, sales director at Krypton IT Solutions, said: “We’re very excited to be opening a new branch in Market Harborough at the newly opened Grow-on Centre due to our continued growth. It is great to be the first company in the building.”
Cllr Phil King, Leader of Harborough District Council, said: “We’re very pleased to welcome Krypton IT Solutions as first tenants in the Harborough Grow-on Centre. This move, together with the success of businesses and town centres reopening across the district, is a huge step forward in the recovery of our district.”
LLEP Chair Kevin Harris said: “It’s great to see the first tenants in the Grow-on Space, as this is a brilliant project set to accomodate many more businesses in the future. The site has capacity to accommodate around 230 new jobs, and will bring in £20 million to the local economy over the next five years. We’re very proud to have made such a major contribution to Harborough Grow-On Space, and look forward to seeing more business move in and make use of these great facilities.”
Kevin Skipworth, head of commercial property for Andrew Granger & Co, sole letting agent for HGC, adds: “It’s very clear to see why the Harborough Grow-on Centre has received so much interest and it’s fantastic to see the first tenant move into the building given the challenges faced this year. We look forward to helping more tenants find the right office space for them in this ideal facility.”
The HGC is situated just on the south side of Market Harborough town, opposite the leisure centre and swimming pool where tenants can benefit from a corporate discount.
There is also a range of original artwork from Harborough Artists Cluster on display and available to purchase, accessible showers, electric parking points and high tech glazing which reduces heat loss and solar gain, plus views over green spaces, the rural office space is a strikingly attractive venue.
The convenience of the location provides commuters with excellent access to major road and rail links, with the A6, M1 and A14 nearby. Frequent, direct trains to London St Pancras International take just under an hour from Market Harborough Station. Being within easy distance of East Midlands, Luton and Birmingham airports.
The centre provides first class space for the modern, dynamic businesses looking for an attractive setting with cosmopolitan reach.
Pictured: Darren Shaw, sales manager at Krypton IT Solutions, Anish Bharakhda, lead technician at Krypton IT Solutions, and Cllr Phil King, Leader of Harborough District Council.
Notes to Editors
Harborough District Council has provided up to £3,620,612 to fund the Harborough Grow on Centre (HGC) project with £3,282,500 of the funding coming from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and £987,833 from the Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership (LLEP).
European Regional Development Fund
The project has received £3,282,500 of funding from the England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (and in London the intermediate body Greater London Authority) is the Managing Authority for European Regional Development Fund. Established by the European Union, the European Regional Development Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support innovation, businesses, create jobs and local community regenerations. For more information visit https://www.gov.uk/european-growth-funding.
The Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership (LLEP)
The LLEP is a strategic body led by a Board made up of local government and business leaders as well as senior education and third sector representatives.
The LLEP’s remit is to drive forward regeneration and growth of the local economy, by:
- Working with Government to set out key investment priorities for Leicester & Leicestershire
- Engaging with business, local authorities, Higher Education, Further Education, the voluntary sector and other stakeholders
- Facilitating local partnership working and relations with national Government
- Influencing national Government economic policy and spending
- Investing LLEP funding and aligning partner resources
- Through its investments, influence and activities ensure positive outcomes for the local economy
Rural Office Space in Harborough District
Recent events may have many city-based firms wondering if a move to a more rural location would be beneficial, not just for the beautiful surroundings, but also to support the mental and physical well-being of staff and their families.
A bike ride to the office is a much more stimulating and satisfying way to travel to work, than a long commute in heavy and unpredictable traffic.
Harborough District is a beautiful part of rural England, covering an area of 238 square miles of south and east Leicestershire. Lying within the East Midlands Region, it borders Warwickshire, Northamptonshire and Rutland.
The main settlements are Market Harborough, Lutterworth and Broughton Astley. There are more than 90 villages – most with populations of less than 200.
Boasting beautiful outdoor highlights such as the famous panoramic views at Foxton Locks; Britain’s largest canal lock staircase, to amphibious vehicle driving experiences at Avalanche Adventure, Harborough District has a variety of activities to keep your weekends as busy as you want them. For more great ideas visit: www.visitharborough.com
Our friendly market towns host boutiques and high street brands, farmers markets, delicious independent eateries and a great range of restaurants.
From village events to large festivals, theatre productions to country fairs and, the iconic Old Grammar school, built in 1614 and available for private hire, there really is something to suit everyone.
Harborough is also home to a diverse mix of commercial space from headquarter locations for multinational companies, such as Harborough-grown Joules, right through to incubation space for promising start-up companies and SMEs at the Harborough Innovation Centre: www.harborough-ic.co.uk
Harborough Grow-on Centre is a brand-new energy efficient, high specification office building designed for dynamic and growing small and medium-sized businesses. Located in an expanding commercial area just on the south side of Market Harborough town, opposite the leisure centre and swimming pool where tenants benefit from a corporate discount.
Harborough district enjoys the highest economic activity rates, lowest unemployment, best skills profile and highest resident average earnings of the Leicestershire area – all of which are also above national averages.
These positive indicators are mirrored in terms of local enterprise and entrepreneurial spirit. The amount of companies registered in Harborough per 1000 population is highest of any other local authority area in Leicestershire and also above national averages.
The convenience of Harborough’s location provides commuters with excellent access to major road and rail links, with the A6, M1 and A14 nearby. Harborough is known to be part of the ‘Golden Triangle’ as over 90% of the UK market are within a four-hour drive away. Frequent trains to London St Pancras International take just under an hour from Market Harborough Station, making day trips to the city easily accessible.
Within easy distance of East Midlands, Luton and Birmingham airports, Harborough district is a great choice for businesses looking for a beautiful, rural setting with cosmopolitan reach.