Office space that lets businesses focus on business

WHETHER you're looking for newly-built, modern offices or traditional premises, Harrogate town has a wealth of serviced offices to suit.

Catering mainly for smaller businesses, although some offer larger offices and there are also warehouses available, they are often ideal for start-ups as they offer all-inclusive rents, with some places even providing ‘hot-desking’ or ‘virtual office’ services.

If you’re looking to be based in the town centre, there are a couple of options.

Askwith Business Services, based on East Parade, comprise nine rented self-contained offices, all of which are fully serviced. The rent of 477 per calendar month includes gas, electricity, water rates, maintenance and cleaning. The only extra cost is for the telephone line. There is also a communal kitchen.

Askwith Business Services also runs a secretarial agency within the building, which tenants can make use of for a fee if required.

There is, however, no meeting room and no car parking attached to the building.

The business, which has been in Harrogate for 17 years, offers space on a minimum lease term of three months.

The current occupants are small, independent businesses in a variety of sectors. At the moment, there is one ground floor room available for lease. At 222sq ft, this would be perfect for a company of about three to four people.

For details, contact Helen Hamilton on 01423 506110 or email askwith@btconnect. com.

Also occupying a town centre location are the Leader Business Suites, which offer stylish office space in traditional, characterful surroundings. Based in a large converted house on Regent Parade are eight offices of varying sizes, from 380sq ft through to a suite of 800sq ft.

Its facilites include a boardroom, 24 hour security, parking at the back of the building and two communal kitchens. It also offers a reception service. The only thing tenants pay for aside from the rent is the telephone bill.

The accommodation has been known as the Leader Suites for two years; before that it was known as the Yellow Business Centre. It is owned by Leader Construction Ltd, who also occupy space in the building.

An office of 300sq ft is currently available for 725 per calendar month, while the modern, airy 750sq ft attic space will be available for lease shortly.

Companies currently occupying space at the Leader Suites include media consultants, medical recruiters, a training organisation and a financial adviser.

Office administrator Lisa Kirk describes the tenants as a “young, funky lot”, adding: “It’s a little quiet nook and is a lovely environment to work in; everybody is so welcoming. Some of the businesses even work together.

“We’re just out of town so it’s easy for parking but you can walk into the centre in ten minutes.”

For further information on the Leader Business Suites, call 01423 817171.

A little further out of town are three other premises offering serviced offices and all called business centres.

The Evans Business Centre, based on Hartwith Way, is about a 20 minute walk from the town centre, and offers recently refurbished premises which are modern and flexibile.

The three storey centre has 39 offices of various sizes spread over two linked buildings, offering two person spaces to offices big enough for eight. Evans Easy Space comes under the Evans Property Group and manages all the Evans Business Centres in the UK.

The Harrogate centre was launched in October last year. and is already home to some 20 businesses, with space still available.

The rent includes business rates, utility costs, furniture, line rental and cleaning. There is also a meeting room and free parking at the premises, as well as additional extra-cost services such as broadband.

Centre manager Davinder Pabial says the centre is ideal for someone starting a business as it is hassle-free.

“The key about Evans Easy Space is the flexibility we offer,” she says.

“We don’t tie people into long-term agreements. There’s a rolling contract, month on month, and a two month notice period in writing. The lease agreement is also very simple, in plain English, and there are no solicitor fees. We require two forms of ID, a month’s rent and a deposit and that’s it – it literally takes three to four working days to set somebody up here.

“The convenience of being in a busines centre is the support on site. There’s also a receptionist here who can meet and greet visitors. It’s a professional image.”

Adding to the professional image offered by the centre are services such as virtual offices and hot desking, which are available on a monthly basis.

The virtual office involves the centre’s receptionist answering calls in a particular company’s name, or letting the company use the centre as its business address.

Davinder says this is particularly popular with people who are based at home, as it offers a professional front to their business. She adds: “I think there’s a demand in Harrogate for small offices.”

The hot desking touchdown service allows people to come into the centre and use a workstation, a telephone line and broadband, as well as being able to use the meeting room.

Current Evans Easyspace occupants include companies in the IT, PR, web design, finance, telesales, and electronics sectors.

For further information about the Evans Business Centre, contact Davinder Pabial on 01423 534600.

Harrogate Business Centre, which is owned and managed by J R Burrows, has been providing fully serviced offices for almost 25 years and was possibly the first of its kind in Harrogate.

Since acquiring the centre in March 2005, Candy Waller, director of J R Burrows, has worked with centre manager Pam Binfield to create a professional and vibrant atmosphere in which more than 30 companies are currently flourishing.

The centre offers furnished offices from 150 to 700sq ft on flexible licence agreements which include a reception service, in-house managed telephone and internet connections, along with the usual utilities.

"Occupancy levels of around 98 per cent have been maintained for almost 12 months now, which confirms that there is good demand for serviced office accommodation in the Harrogate area," says Pam.

Harrogate Business Centre welcomes feedback from its clients and having an on-site centre manager enables modifications to services to be made quickly and efficiently.

It offers virtual office and mail box services, and has recently introduced a telephone answering service for non-resident clients. It now takes calls for a wide variety of locally-based companies and passes on messages via email or text.

Building on the success of Harrogate Business Centre, J R Burrows will open its second business centre in Harrogate early next month. HB2, based on Hornbeam Park, will provide a variety of refurbished office suites, offering the same level of customer service as Harrogate Business Centre and also managed by Pam Binfield.

For further information about Harrogate Business Centre, contact Pam Binfield on 01423 873 888.

If you’re looking for more than just office space and require warehouses and storage, then the multi-faceted Claro Court Business Centre may be just what you’re looking for.

Covering a total 25,500sq ft of lettable space in 40 units, the 16-year-old centre was set up originally in conjunction with Harrogate Borough Council to promote the regeneration and growth of small companies within the town.

It currently has 29 tenants, each of which has its own front door, central reception area, secretarial services, photocopying, faxing, phone answering system, mail collection and delivery. It also offers virtual offices, which are used by a further 15 companies.

The centre has been home to over 650 companies since it opened in 1990, the majority of which have outgrown their space and moved to larger, more traditional, commercial property in the town. Some have been at the centre for years, while others have grown rapidly and moved on.

Units are available on a serviced basis from 400sq ft to 1,600sq ft on an easy-in, easy-out basis and provide space for office, design studios, workshops and storage. There is ample car parking, easy access on a 24 hour basis, a central serviced reception facility, and on-site catering.

Chris Robbins, the managing agent for the site, says: “The idea is that it’s a sea-bed starter centre for companies and hopefully they grow. They will often take one unit and then grow into space.”

The units are inclusive in terms of service charge and maintenance. Electricity is charged separately.

There are currently four units available, two of 400sq ft, one at 1,100sq ft and one at 1,200sq ft. Contact John Driver or Chris Robbins on 01423 527827 for details.

Also offered through Chris are serviced offices on an all inclusive basis at Hornbeam Park.

Studios at One Sceptre House are very much smaller than those at the Claro Court Business Centre, with nine units ranging from 110sq ft up to 264sq ft.

The licence is for a minimum term of three months. The rent covers service charges, furniture and all utility costs except phone and internet. After the initial three months, there are easy-in, easy-out licence terms with one month’s written notice.

Space is currently available at One Sceptre House – call Chris Robbins on the number above.