Onwards and Upwards for Leeds Business Centre
Bracken Developments, a serviced office provider which operates two business centres in Leeds and a third in Ormskirk, is currently expanding one centre and is also on the lookout for a fourth site following increased demand.
The Tannery (pictured), which is based on the edge of Leeds city centre, is an attractive mill-style building that was formerly occupied by Arla Dairies. Bracken took on the building and through a joint venture with CDP Limited, started a renovation project that would eventually see the full refurbishment and transformation of the building.
Phase one of the refurbishment project has already been completed, and involved transforming part of the property into serviced office space with facilities including a reception area and meeting rooms. Eleven offices were created initially, offering space suitable for single occupiers up to teams of 11.
The next renovation phase at The Tannery is now underway which will see 14 additional offices created over the first floors of two wings, due to be completed at the beginning of May.
Much of the existing space has already been spoken for, and due to the increase in demand a new site is now on the cards for Bracken alongside the existing Tannery, and sister location Calls Wharf.
According to TheBusinessDesk, Centre Manager Denise McGeachy said that their expansion plans had been accelerated because of the success of their existing two centres, and that The Tannery’s popularity was down to its good transport links, free parking and quality of space.
The centre, which was listed on the officebroker.com website in February 2011, is home to a number of businesses including independent financial advisor Hinchliffe Watts & Wyatt, and EDF Tax.
Sister location Calls Wharf, based in central Leeds, is another popular centre for businesses and has attracted such companies as HGP Architects, video games firm Gioteck and venture capital company Northstar Equity Investors.
In September 2010, Bracken appeared in the Insider’s list of 100 fastest growing businesses in Yorkshire, having shown 5 consecutive years of turnover growth.
Speaking at the time, Matthew Fuller of Bracken commented: “You have to work hard to provide the right space and you have to know your market. We took the office concept and added much more to it.”
Find out more about Bracken Ltd’s existing business centres online at officebroker.com: