Frome is acknowledged as one of the best places to live in the UK and has an amazing community of talented people, yet is severely lacking in office space. To help resolve this problem, the Directors of DNA Worldwide Group and other Frome businesses have established Frome Business Park.
The facility is an exceptionally high quality community focused project situated at the former Tool & Gauge building on Marston Trading Estate. The building will act as a collaborative technology hub for the South West – offering office spaces to lease, high spec meeting rooms, wellbeing facilities and a café.
With space for an initial 250 people to work, the park is set to generate an overall increase of 625 jobs within Frome providing a £15.6m economic gain per year and over £6.5m of local annual economic benefit*.
Frome Business Park Director David Nicholson said: “Having run a Frome-based business for nearly 15 years we struggled to find modern office space. “Talking to other businesses it was clear we weren’t alone. Like many other companies, we didn’t want to leave Frome as we grew so we saw the opportunity to develop something different for businesses, working together with each company to support each other’s rapid growth.”
Frome Business Park is offering tailor made spaces for businesses that get in early, allowing them to work with the designers to custom build the space they are looking for. The park will provide a handful of small offices however the focus is for those businesses looking for a six-person office upwards.
As only a quarter of those who live in Frome also work in the town, the park offers an incredible opportunity to change that trend, generate more local jobs and keep the community of Frome thriving.
The planning application for a change of use – which Mendip District Council will decide on in the middle of August – involves the regeneration of a dilapidated existing building. If approved the park is set to be completed early next year.