Braintree District Council hails strong early uptake for new rural business hub in Sible Hedingham
The early level of uptake at a new rural business hub in Sible Hedingham has been praised by a council as a positive sign of its potential to boost local employment.
Five businesses have moved into the newly-built Osier House, a collection of office suites in Osier Way owned by Braintree District Council.
The authority acquired the two-storey office building from developer Bloor Homes, which constructed the facility as part of the conditions of its planning permission for a new housing development at the former Premdor site.
The hub, which consists of individual offices with communal kitchens, a reception and meeting area, toilets and parking spaces, is now home to P & P Technology, Central Services Group Ltd, LGP Europe, AJ Epping and Central Security Ltd.
A total of 14 people are currently employed at the site.
John McKee, cabinet member for corporate transformation at Braintree District Council, said: “We’re pleased to be able to provide a facility which offers opportunities for small businesses.
“This hub is a great proposition offering modern and cost effective office spaces.
“We’re delighted with the level of uptake, and it just goes to show how we’ve managed to fill a gap in the supply of suitable accommodation for these small firms.”
James McClenaghan, managing director at Central Services Group, said: “This business hub is the perfect fit for us.
“We were looking for modern offices and a nice environment to bring our clients back to, and this building is the ideal place for that.
“The location also suits because most of our employees live close by.”
Tom Cunningham, cabinet member for economic development and infrastructure, added: “This business hub allows us to offer practical support to local start-ups and small businesses looking to grow in the more rural communities within our district.
“It has the potential to generate more local jobs and will be a real boost to this village community.
“We wish all these businesses the very best for the future.”