Dunston Business Village, which was created in 2008 from the small-scale conversion of redundant farm buildings, is now home to more than 50 businesses after a period of rapid growth.
Growing Places provided £585,000 of funding to assist the venture in speeding up its expansion plans to meet growing demand, enabling the village to triple its size.
Twenty distinctive log cabin-style business units have been built alongside the original buildings. Three more units are currently under construction and further development is in the pipeline, potentially creating up to 300 more jobs.
Businesses at the park range from one-person start-up businesses to blue-chip firms such as Hope Construction, Jones Lang LaSalle and RPS Environmental Management, which all have regional offices at the site.
Dunston Business Village was the brainchild of entrepreneur Adrian MacLaughlin, who was looking for premises for his own IT business when he came across the redundant buildings and decided to exploit the economies of scale available by creating a shared site for numerous businesses.
He said: “All the experts said you couldn’t have a successful business park in the countryside, but if you get the location and the infrastructure right people will flock to somewhere that has a better quality of working life.
“They don’t want to spend an hour or more a day travelling into a big city centre, and they appreciate having an attractive base that they can invite clients to.”
He added that Growing Places assistance meant Dunston had been able to meet high demand for its office space by starting new construction much more quickly than would otherwise have been the case.
“It has enabled us to expand at a much quicker rate, which in turn has allowed our clients to expand and take on more employees.”
Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership chairman David Frost CBE commented: “Dunston Business Village has proved a great addition to the mix of business sites we have in our region, which are attracting a diverse range of go-ahead companies and helping them to thrive.
“Dunston is a great illustration of what an attractive place this area is for firms to locate and grow, and we look forward to its continuing success as a leading regional commercial site.”
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