ADVANTAGES OF EVESHAM AS A BASE FOR BUSINESS
Basepoint Business Centres looks at the advantages of serviced offices in Worcestershire for small companies.
Small business owners looking for an area full of individual character, equipped with all the professional facilities they need, will find that choosing office space in Evesham is the ideal solution. Located in Worcestershire, the town lies on the River Avon in area of beautiful countryside but close to other centres including Bromsgrove, Cheltenham and Stratford upon Avon.
Basepoint’s business centre is on the south-eastern side of the town, on the Evesham ring road with easy access to the M5, making it a great location for a wide range of small businesses and start-ups. Increasingly, companies are realising the advantages of moving outside major cities such as London and Birmingham, and choosing more affordable office space in smaller towns with thriving business communities. As a town with a population of around 23,500 people, Evesham fits the bill perfectly.
Good Transport Links: Evesham is served by M5 and other major roads, lying at the junction between the A46 and A45. Driving to Birmingham will normally take just over an hour, with a choice of routes available.
As well as its extensive road links, the town has a rail station on the Cotswold line between Oxford and Worcester. Regular trains depart to London’s Paddington Station, with many journeys taking under two hours. There are also regular rail services to other destinations including Oxford and Reading, and it is possible to travel to Birmingham by changing at Worcester. Alternatively, there is a network of bus routes in the area.
Birmingham Airport, which is one of the UK’s busiest airports serving many destinations around the world, is only about 40 minutes away by road, which is ideal for business owners who need to travel to Europe. There is also the opportunity to take boat trips on the Avon, a great option if you are looking for an unusual way to entertain clients.
Best of Both Worlds: By choosing office space in Evesham, you will be in a market town which has a strong business community but is also close to large areas of idyllic countryside. This helps staff to achieve a good work-life balance, which in turn can reduce stress levels and help to heighten productivity.
The town is at the heart of the famous Vale of Evesham, known as one of the most beautiful areas of the country. It lies amid a landscape of rolling hills, market gardens and orchards where a wide range of fruit is grown. There are many attractive walks to enjoy across the area, including the “Blossom Trail” through local villages. Following these trails, as well as walking through parks in the town or along the river, is a great way for staff to take exercise in the fresh air and improve both physical and mental wellness.
Heritage and Culture: Evesham is an historic town with many heritage landmarks, including ancient timber-framed buildings as well as those built from the local stone. It was once the site of a great abbey, and there are still some ruins of this to admire, including the bell tower and a section of wall. The abbey’s 14th-century almonry, where alms were traditionally handed out to the poor, is now a museum and heritage centre tracing the history of the area.
Cultural attractions include a number of festivals, many of which are centred on the river, ranging from Britain’s largest angling festival to events celebrating asparagus, plums, classic cars and Morris dancing. A wide range of professional and amateur theatrical productions are staged at Evesham Arts Centre, in addition to concerts, exhibitions and comedy nights. All this cultural activity contributes to Evesham’s unique character and means that it is a perfect location for SMEs with links to the tourist sector.
High Level of Skill: There is a good skills base across Worcestershire as a whole, including Evesham. Major businesses with bases in the area include Kanes Foods in Evesham itself, as well as Yamazaki Mazak, Halfords, GKN Aerospace and many others in the nearby area. The University of Worcester and the University of Gloucestershire have both built strong links with local businesses. Leading universities, including Oxford, Warwick and Birmingham, are also nearby, while the National Cyber Skills Centre, at Malvern, contributes to a high level of digital skill in the whole area.
Support Networks: There is a whole range of business support available to companies moving to the Evesham area. This includes Worcestershire Business Central, which is part of Government Growth Hub and can advise start-ups and businesses wanting to grow and expand, providing guidance on everything from finding initial finance to compliance with regulations. Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership and Herefordshire and Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce are other organisations which can give support and help, while we at Basepoint provide networking and mentorship services for our licensees.
Area Building for the Future: Evesham has a recently-agreed Town Plan aiming to build the strength and prosperity of the area, which will make it even more attractive to businesses over the coming years. The main aims of the plan include promoting the town’s identity and further improving its sustainability and appearance. Already, over recent years, more than £20million has been invested in key areas including Vale Park business park, where Basepoint Business Centre is located.
Basepoint’s centre in Evesham offers a mix of different-sized units, including incubators which are ideal for startups. Businesses can rent serviced meeting rooms, while other facilities for our licensees include free on-site parking and a welcoming break-out area complete with free wi-fi. We also offer virtual office services from our Evesham centre.
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