MASSES of free parking proved a great selling point for four newly relocated companies on a Milton Keynes business park.
Commercial property agents Douglas Duff and Brown & Lee secured the four lettings in quick succession at Oak House, on Woodlands Business Park in Linford Wood West, Milton Keynes.
One of the new occupants is D&P Recruitment Consultants is owned by Paul Dunham’s Personnel Desk and relocated from Technology House in the city centre.
Joining D&P were Aspect Creative Interiors, Scottsdale Consulting and Coaching for Profit.
Mr Dunham said: “We haven’t noticed any drop in traffic since the move. Oak House is superbly maintained and has masses of free car parking.”
D&P was a long established consultancy with a traditional style whereas Personnel Desk will be concentrating much more on e-commerce technology, allowing clients to use an on-line service with lower charges.
Mr Dunham said he held out for providers to install high-speed broadband with fibre-optic infrastructure.He said: “It was vital for us to have it but the long wait – up to 120 days – was nearly enough to stop us moving to Oak House. We sat it out and went for a huge 100 megabytes which means that we will be able to sell bandwidth capacity to other local companies, who will not have that wait.”
Paul Schofield, owner of Aspect Creative Interiors, relocated his three year old company from UBC in Midsummer Boulevard to the fourth floor of Oak House. He says: “We couldn’t find another office in Milton Keynes that was such good value and offered such flexibility.”
Aspect fits out offices from the design to the finished product and operates nationally, seeing Milton Keynes is a perfect location with its easy access to major roads and motorways.
Independent Financial advisers Scottsdale Consulting share the same requirement, having offices in London and Edinburgh as well as their headquarters in Milton Keynes – and a new international office due to open in Gibraltar in the new year.
MD Debra Cooke added that the generous car parking available was a major factor for Scottsdale. “It’s so easy for clients coming from the MI or the A5 and then they can park so easily when they arrive,” she said.
Scottsdale moved to Oak House from Regus at Atterbury. “We were only meant to be in temporary accommodation for 10 months while our offices in Bradwell Abbey farmhouse were being restored. Unfortunately we don’t now know when the building work will be completed so we have been forced to find more permanent premises.
“Oak House suits us perfectly: we have a proper boardroom, good meeting rooms and enough space for our rapid expansion. Plus Linford Wood is so convenient for the city centre.”
Debra and her husband Nick set up the company, originally Kingswood Partnership, with Mike Wilson back in 1995. It became Scottsdale in 2004 and now has 35 advisers. The move to international status is driven by the conviction that British people living in Spain, and elsewhere in Europe, would benefit from sound financial advice.
Also relocated from the city centre is Coaching for Profit, a management and business development consultancy headed by Neil Sinclair, that aims to show companies how to maximise their potential.
Jonathan Whittle, director of Douglas Duff, comments: “We are delighted with the results we have achieved at Oak House this autumn after designing a marketing campaign that offers fantastic value office space in one of Milton Keynes’ prime business park locations.”