What are the Advantages of Choosing Office Space near Colchester, England’s Oldest Recorded Town?

If you are looking for office space to rent, moving into the Colchester area brings many benefits for businesses wanting to expand locally, nationally and internationally. It is Britain’s oldest recorded town and has been a Garrison town since Roman times. It is home to Colchester Castle, a Norman Castle captured by King John in 1215 in a dispute that led to the signing of the Magna Carta.

However, there is much more to Colchester than its historic past. The area is home to more than 20,000 businesses. It has a growing population of around 180,000 and around 65 per cent of the people living there are of working age.

Not only this, the Colchester area is well located for businesses wanting to expand their customer base. It is less than one hour from London and has good road and rail links to the East Anglian towns of Ipswich, Cambridge and Norwich. It is also just 45 minutes from Stansted Airport and 30 minutes from the Port of Felixstowe, which means that office space in the area is always well sought after.

Living around Colchester

Colchester is a bustling university town and a very desirable place to live. It is seen as the cultural centre of Essex and has many draws for tourists, including the Castle Museum, the Natural History Museum and the Hollytrees Museum. It also benefits from theatres such as the Mercury Theatre, the Headgate Theatre and an arts centre.

Getting out and about is easy around Colchester as there are two railway stations and three park-and-ride schemes. Shopping facilities are excellent, with many high street stores and independent shops represented here as well as some interesting boutiques which can be found down the cobbled streets of Eld Lane and Trinity Street.  The retail sector is growing and is responsible for around 11,000 jobs in the town. Colchester also benefits from a thriving nightlife with a multitude of bars and restaurants.

Many of people who live in the central post code area (CO3 3AZ) are said to be financially secure and in professional jobs. North Colchester is a popular area of the town which is near the main transport links and is mainly inhabited by students and young professionals.

Another benefit of living and working near to Colchester is that picturesque Constable Country is only a 15-minute drive away. You could choose a base in this area, and enjoy the glorious countryside while still being in easy reach of the town.

Working in Colchester

Colchester is well inside the commuter belt and is less than an hour’s train journey to London’s Liverpool Street. Major employers include Colchester Borough Council, the University of Essex and Colchester’s NHS Hospital.

The public sector accounts for more than a quarter of the workforce. Colchester has a growing financial sector with currently more than 160 financial firms in the town. The university has also led to the development of IT firms in the area.

If you are looking for office space to rent in or near Colchester, options include town centre office spaces and serviced offices as well as offices and industrial units on business parks.

For small businesses, renting workspace in Colchester itself is one option. However, increasingly business owners are choosing the benefits of working out of town to save on costly rent charges and improve their work/life balance.

Rural Offices Near Colchester

There are many beautiful villages outside of Colchester, including East Bergholt, Dedham and Nayland, all of which lie in Constable Country. Working from a rural office in one of these locations is beneficial for a number of reasons.

For businesses in the Colchester area, an out-of-town location offers the best of both worlds. East Bergholt, for instance, is just a mile from the main Ipswich to London road and has excellent road and rail links.

Working in places such as East Bergholt means that you benefit from lower rent costs compared to town centre locations and get to beat the rush-hour traffic to and from work. Village locations also generally mean ample free parking, reduced crime rates and a chance to work on a site with community feel and a friendly atmosphere.

About The Gattinetts Business Centre

The Gattinetts is a development of rural office space to rent near Colchester, on the Suffolk/Essex border. We have a variety of different-sized office units, workshops and industrial units and secure storage space on our site in East Bergholt, and we can offer plenty of flexibility with our rental agreements. If you would like to know which of our units are currently available, simply follow this link.