At first glance the village of East Bergholt, in the heart of East Anglia and the famed ‘Constable Country’, might seem an unusual place for companies to be located. At the Gattinetts Business Centre, we have been providing rural office space in East Bergholt for almost 30 years. Here we look at the history of the village and why it is a great place to set up a business.
The History of East Bergholt
The village was founded on, and thrived through, agriculture. Initially it owed its wealth to the wool trade, alongside towns like Sudbury, Clare, Hadleigh and many surrounding villages. Once this declined in the 16th century, the area’s farmers began growing cereal crops rather than rearing cattle or sheep.
The village’s biggest claim to fame is as the birthplace of John Constable, the landscape painter who was born in 1776, and who was inspired by the beautiful surrounding countryside. His father was a wealthy corn merchant who owned Flatford Mill and, later, Dedham Mill in Essex.
The Transport Links
Companies based in East Bergholt are ideally placed to take advantage of the business opportunities in two counties. It’s just eight miles south of Ipswich, the county town of Suffolk, but is extremely close to the border with Essex. This means it is just 10 miles north of Colchester, Britain’s oldest recorded town.
The village also has the advantage of extremely good road and rail links. It is less than two minutes’ drive from the A12, which links the county with London and Suffolk. There are also regular rail services to the capital, with stations at both Manningtree (under four miles away) and Colchester, both on the Great Eastern Main Line, which links London Liverpool Street with Norwich. So any customers or visitors from London can be with you in under an hour.
The Rural Location
There are plenty of financial benefits to working in this rural location. At The Gattinetts, the rents are generally lower than in a town-centre office, while staff will not be spending a long time stuck in traffic jams.
If you fancy getting out and about and enjoying the countryside, then East Bergholt, along with nearby Flatford and Dedham, was the backdrop to many of Constable’s most famous works.
There Are Plenty of Facilities
For all the tranquillity of its rural location, East Bergholt still has plenty of facilities to offer the business community. The centre boasts a shop and post office, a pub, a tearoom and a bakery, while there are two schools in the village – the primary school, in School Lane, and the High School, in Heath Road, which has more than 900 pupils.
And if you have children of pre-school age, then The Gattinetts Business Centre has the on-site Lavender Hall kindergarten, which can cater for youngsters up the age of five – including babies, who are looked after by specialist staff.
Rural Office Space at The Gattinetts Business Centre, East Bergholt
The Gattinetts Business Centre has a range of industrial units and workshops, as well as rural office space, at its East Bergholt site. Our rental agreements offer flexibility to SMEs and start-ups and we can offer a one-year minimum contract, all at competitive rates.
Although virtually all our units are currently occupied, we can put you on our waiting list. You will then receive be notified as and when any space becomes available. If you would like to know more about The Gattinetts simply follow this link to get in touch.