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Grow your business with office space in Preston!

06 May 2022 –– Community

Looking to build and grow your business in Preston?

Not only does our Preston business centre provide you with one of the very best facilities and flexible office spaces in Lancashire, but in one of the most thriving cities in the UK.

Preston was recently named the best city to live and work in the North West by the Demos-PWC Good Growth for Cities Index, with a higher overall rating than Manchester and Liverpool, as well as Birmingham, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Cardiff.

The Index – which was announced in March 2022 – assesses key performance indicators for each location including work-life balance, house price to earnings and income distribution.

With the work-life balance in Preston ranking significantly above the UK average, we’ve taken a look at some of the key reasons why you should choose Preston to take your business to the next level…

The Preston Model / Community Wealth Building

There are many factors which make Preston a unique place to locate your business, but ‘The Preston Model’ is up there with the very best.

According to Preston City Council, the “Preston Model” is “a term applied to how the council, its anchor institutions and other partners are implementing the principles of Community Wealth Building within Preston and the wider Lancashire area.”

In brief, it is a community approach being implemented by a number of Preston based institutions including Preston City Council, Lancashire County Council, University of Central Lancashire, Preston College, Cardinal Newman College, Community Gateway Housing Association and Lancashire Constabulary.

The approach is about creating a resilient and inclusive economy for the benefit of the local area, offering “an opportunity for local people to take back control” and “to ensure that the benefits of local growth are invested in their local areas, are used to support investment in productive economic activities and that people and their local institutions can work together on an agenda of shared benefit.”

With investments in staff to build skilled and committed workforces, as well as encouraging people to spend and save local, we couldn’t think of a better place to start or grow your business.

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan)

One of those anchor institutions, The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), is one of the largest universities in the UK, with 38,000 staff and students.

Leading the way in modern learning, it’s not just quantity offered by UCLan but quality too. The largest provider of graduate level qualifications in Lancashire and offering an employment-focused course portfolio with over 350 undergraduate programmes and nearly 200+ postgraduate courses, your business has a highly skilled workforce, ready to go, right here on your doorstep (4 miles to be precise 😉 ) in Preston.

Preston North End Football Club

If history is your thing, then Preston is the place to be. From the Harris Museum, Art Gallery & Library to Brockholes (which we’ll come to a little bit later), this city is steeped in history. No greater than Preston North End.

Founded in 1880 and eight years later becoming one of the founder members of the Football League, the two-time FA Cup winners currently ply their trade in the English Championship.

Just three miles down the B6242 and B6241 from our Preston-based business centre and you will find Deepdale, home of North End.

Offering hospitality, advertising and sponsorship for your business, as well as the perfect location to host your conferences & events, the opportunities are endless for your business at Preston North End.

Lancashire Business Expo

The opportunities don’t stop there however, with Lancashire’s largest B2B exhibition, Lancashire Business Expo, taking place annually and yes you guessed it… in Preston.

Held at the Preston Guild Hall – Preston’s most famous entertainment venue since its creation back in the 1970s – the Expo provides the chance for businesses, professionals, start-ups and marketeers to connect with other local businesses and decision makers.

A great way to generate new business and only four miles from our Business First site.

Brockholes Nature Reserve

Even closer to our serviced office space on Millennium City Park is the Brockholes Nature Reserve.

Boasting over one million visitors since opening in 2011, the nature reserve is owned and managed by the Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester & North Merseyside.

The 250-acre reserve with stunning views of the River Ribble is home to a fantastic range of wildlife, as well as an award-winning conference venue which actually floats on the lake.

The purpose built conference and training venue in Preston offers special conference room for up to 130 people, often used for team building events, conferences and corporate events.

Ideal location on the edge of Preston

Located just off the M6 at Junction 31A off the M6, we are ideally positioned for a number of locations including Fulwood (4.5 miles), Ashton-on-Ribble (4.8 miles), Longridge (5.3 miles), Walton-le-Dale (4.7 miles), Grimsargh (2.5 miles) and Goosnargh (6.4 miles).

Our close proximity to the M6, M65 and M55 makes Preston one of the best connected cities in the UK, offering direct routes to the North, East, South and West, as well as only a 40-minute drive from Manchester International Airport.

Just 4.5 miles from our office accommodation in Preston you will also find Preston Train Station, which is served by direct trains connecting London Euston to Preston (2hr 47min), Blackpool to Preston (34min), York to Preston (2hr 22 min) and Scotland to Edinburgh (2hr 22min), ideal for clients coming and going from the city.

Business First Preston Facilities

If you didn’t know already, you do now… Preston is a wonderful location to live, work and locate your business.

We have office spaces in Preston available now, ranging from approximately 250 sq ft to 750 sq ft.

Our fully serviced offices are suitable for every type of business, while also offering a premium communal space including kitchen facilities, and top-of-the-range furniture and equipment within all meeting rooms and boardrooms.

If you are also looking for storage space for your business, our Preston site is also our first dual-service site – offering storage solutions and offices all in one location.If you didn’t think it could get any better, we are also offering the first six months at half price for new customers.

If you want to learn more about our Preston site, please contact Business Centre Manager Hannah Eastham on 01253 599 599.