Centre proves it is perfect home for businesses

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Corby can look forward with optimism, says one businessman based at an enterprise centre that has brought in 100 new jobs to the area.

Marcus Learoyd, who along with Richard Potter runs Potter Learoyd Commercial, said: “The town has a healthy future. There has been a lot of investment and its position near the A14 and the M1 is crucial, especially for European businesses.”

The pair, who are both from Northamptonshire, set up their firm at Corby Enterprise Centre (CEC) having spent a number of years working in London.

The £8.3m centre at Priors Hall Park was designed to provide accommodation for entrepreneurs and start-ups as well as giving existing small businesses access to flexible office and workshop space to allow them to grow. Recent figures show that the CEC and its tenants have generated £2.5m in turnover to Corby’s economy since the centre opened in December 2010. More than 160 people are employed at the CEC, of which more than 100 are new jobs for the borough.

Director of Corby Enterprise Centre Stuart Hartley said: “These figures show that by providing companies with support, either in the format of a modern and professional physical environment or face-to-face business support, companies can go from strength to strength even in a tough economic climate.”

Mr Learoyd and Mr Potter wanted to set up something closer to home, and Mr Learoyd is convinced they made the right decision. He said: “We were both keen to start something locally. There were no on-the-ground commercial agents so now we offer a local presence. We want to bring London money into the town. Pension funds and property companies like commercial property as an investment as it has healthy yields and we are keen to attract that into Corby and Kettering.”

Christine Roberts, the director of cleaning firm Little Treasures, which is based at CEC, said: “We moved here in December last year. It’s a very nice site and ideal for small and larger businesses. The rent includes things like utilities, which is helpful, and there’s lots of parking .”

Mr Learoyd said: “The centre is an excellent place for a new business to begin. It is a fantastic building. I’m proud to show clients round and have it as my business address.”