Meet the diverse businesses moving into Bedford’s newest business location

Artisan Developments has recently completed its new high-quality development adjacent to the village of Marston Moretaine in Bedfordshire. Marston Business Park comprises fourteen high quality small business units that represent a rare opportunity in the area to purchase freehold units ranging from 1000sq ft to 5100 sq ft. Marston Park is the 14th business park the company has completed.

Artisan Managing Director, Michael Eyres, commented: ‘This is the first development of its kind in the area offering freehold units of this size. Despite the obvious impact of Covid 19 on the economy, it’s encouraging to see such a diverse group of growing businesses moving into the park, all of whom will contribute greatly to both the economy and the local community.”

The units have been fitted out for a variety of light industrial and commercial uses that fall within the B1 planning class for those who require predominantly office accommodation.

Michael Eyres believes that the success of Marston Park and its new tenants reflects a local economy that is ready to bounce back as and when normality begins to return and indeed some of the tenants have already moved into their new premises.

Businesses moving into Marston Park range from a purpose-built new children’s day nursery in the largest unit, to a fire safety company, a veterinary surgery and several technology businesses.

Location was key for Les Millard, principal of TEC Fire and Security Ltd. who said: ‘Marston Park is midway between Bedford and Milton Keynes, which are areas we cover.’ The company had considered another development in Bedford, but it was more of an industrial park, whereas TEC wanted predominantly office space. Mr Millard continues: ‘We have ample parking spaces with the unit, which will allow us to take on more staff as we expand and we asked Artisan to make provision for an electric charging point, as we are looking at purchasing an electric vehicle. They were most helpful in arranging this for us’

Guy Carter is a senior partner with Medivet, the veterinary partnership with over 300 practices nationwide, which operates a regional hub and spoke system consisting of a 24 hour hospital surrounded by up to 20 day clinics. Mr Carter explained: ‘Marston is an ideal location for us as it is based in the centre of a small community. Our clinics are all about developing a strong relationship with local clients. The clinic will include a theatre and an X ray room. Marston is an exciting opportunity for us’

Elsewhere on the park is EMT Ltd. a growing technology company specialising in the testing and measurement of greenhouse gas emissions, particularly the controversial SF6 gas widely used as an electrical insulator. ‘Although we are in a niche market it is, unsurprisingly, a growing one.’ comments EMT’s Managing Director, Neil Kane, ‘The premises at Marston Business Park are additional to our existing locations. We also have offices in the USA, Holland and China, but Marston will be our global headquarters from where we will run our sales and marketing and quality control operations as well as providing conference and training facilities.’

Other businesses on the new park include and automotive technology company, accountancy services and a supplier of medical lasers.

Construction and fitting out of all fourteen business units is all but complete and will soon see Marston Business Park fully occupied.