A proven centre of industry and enterprise Hemel Hempstead is primed for growth with both service and manufacturing businesses thanks to its proximity to London, fantastic connectivity and access to skilled people. There is also an availability of development sites coupled with the commitment and support of Dacorum Borough Council.

Industry and enterprise

Hemel Hempstead is a place ‘you can do business’.

The influential fDi’s “European Cities and Regions of the Future 2018/19” report which details the most promising investment locations in Europe, awarded 6th place in Small Cities for Connectivity and 7th place in Small Cities for Business Friendliness to Hemel Hempstead.

The report is further evidence of the desirability of Hemel Hempstead thanks to its proximity to London, fantastic connectivity and access to skilled people.

Further demonstrating this, three international occupiers have been confirmed for Westside, Apsley highlighting the attractiveness of the remodelled and refurbished office building.

Grass Roots Group, a leading provider of employee and customer engagement solutions has chosen the 44,899 sq. ft. Westside One as its new UK headquarters. It is relocating from five offices in London and Hertfordshire in early 2018, on a 12 year lease. Samsung-owned car and home audio maker Harman International Industries has taken 25,799 sq. ft. on the ground and first floors of Westside Two on a 10 year lease. In addition, existing occupier Epson has committed its future to Westside Four by re-gearing their lease on 54,000 sq. ft. and taking an additional 10,860 sq. ft. on the first floor of Westside Three.

Looking to expand its regional hub network across the South of England, carpet manufacturer Cormar Carpets have agreed a lease with Prologis for a 120,000 sq ft space for a distribution centre in Hemel Hempstead. Also new to the benefits of doing business from Hemel Hempstead, at Maylands Point a 36,000 sq. ft. warehouse with office space has been let to Selco, the builders merchants, and 22,400 sq. ft. has been let to Elliot Baxter the UK’s leading independent paper supplier. Both leases are for 10 year terms.

Looking to further support local start-ups and entrepreneurs, Dacorum Borough Council’s new extension to the Maylands Business Centre opened five new business units in 2017. The extension will help to support the growing need for business space in the area, providing an opportunity for some existing tenants to upgrade and others to come on board and flourish. Maylands Business Centre was established in 2011 and is a custom-built, dedicated business centre on the business park in Hemel Hempstead.

“These are exciting times for Hemel Hempstead, with many opportunities for businesses to grow as the local economy continues to expand. West Herts College wants to be at the heart of this, working in partnership with employers to develop the skills Dacorum needs for the region to flourish.

Phase 1 of our new town centre campus opened in 2017. Record numbers of students are applying and plans for further expansion are well underway. There’s innovation too across the services we offer direct to local businesses – with our growing portfolio of apprenticeships centring on occupations where demand for skilled professionals is particularly high.”

Gill Worgan, Principal, West Herts College

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