Hathersage Hall Business Centre says a spate of recent lettings is a sign of a clear upturn in business confidence.
The 12,500 sq ft Centre, which incorporates six original Grade II listed farm buildings, is nearing full capacity after lettings to Vestey Foods UK, Acumen Synergy, JES Accountancy and Burwood Construction.
Vestey Foods poultry, seed and pulse trading divisions have taken 1,000 sq ft of space over two floors of The Coach House, while Software development company Acumen Synergy has taken 850 sq ft of space in The Glass House.
Hathersage Hall Business Centre was developed by the Shuttleworth Estate, which is run by a family that have lived in Hathersage for more than 200 years.
Owner Michael Shuttleworth said: “We saw a real lift in enquiry levels over the summer and this has resulted in the arrival of a variety of new businesses as well as expansion by existing tenants.
“Our vision for Hathersage Hall Business Centre was not only to save these wonderful historic buildings from dereliction but to create desirable work space in the heart of the Peak District National Park.
“I’m a firm believer that to drive the economic recovery locally we need to support the creation of new knowledge-based jobs right here in the heart of the Hope Valley. We made sure that our workspaces were designed to be of the highest possible quality to attract successful companies to relocate into our area and also to provide inspirational places for local entrepreneurs to base themselves.”
Carl Scothorne, head of Vestey Foods’ Poultry Division says it didn’t take much to persuade staff to move and the firm had been able to attract other specialists as a result.
“I live in a village just a few miles up the road but had been wasting time and energy commuting into Manchester for some time.
“One guy lives in Hyde, only eight miles from Manchester centre, and yet his commute used to take 45 minutes. He can now get to Hathersage in less time and enjoy a lovely drive on the way.”
Several members of the Acumen Synergy team had visited the Centre previously for training sessions in The Glass House. They liked the location, the design of the buildings and the quality of finish and so decided to take space for their start-up company.