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Companies show resilience during pandemic and take office space in Derby

Companies show resilience during pandemic and take office space in Derby

Two companies have shown huge resilience during the pandemic, managing to expand their companies and take office space in Derby. Cornerstone Facilities Ltd are taking permanent office space just 11 months after setting up,and Professional Heating Solutions Ltd have been hugely successful over the last 12 months allowing them to expand rapidly.


Cornerstone Facilities Ltd, a cleaning service and facilities management company, have recently taken on an office full time at College Business Centre located on Uttoxeter New Road in Derby, owned by Staton Young (one of the region’s leading private property groups). Cornerstone Facilities Ltd target commercial offices, retail sector and industrial properties. Whilst initially working from their home office in Derby, due to growth they have had to acquire an office.

The Staton Young owned College Business Centre is a gorgeous eye-catching building with a great deal of history. Built in 1850, as a teacher training centre and more recently part of the University of Derby, the site holds 26,000 square foot of office space over 4 floors has been a popular choice for many start-up businesses and large-scale corporations, with plenty of onsite parking and meeting room space.

Before starting Cornerstone, Adam Miley was a Hygiene manager in food processing and prior to that, an Operations manager for cleaning at a hospital. Hedecided to start up the company during the first national lockdown in April 2020, after coming up with the idea on one of his daily walks whilst on furlough. A cleaning company was a dream of his and he decided to take the plunge.

Their 11-month journey so far has not been without challenges. The process of registering the company was easy for them, but when it came to advertisement, the lockdown restrictions and scope of their efforts was limited. Adam and his team believe that creating a good working relationship with Staton Young once they became a predominant client of theirsmeant they have learnt a great deal and are hopeful that the next 11 months can be as successful with natural growth.

Adam Miley (Cornerstone Facilities) told us:

“We receivedthe keys for our new office at College Business Centreat the end of February and the moving process has been seamless. We chose Staton Young after looking around at offices in Derby and theirs where no hassle, no hidden fees, and a professional, innovative company.We also know if our company grows, Staton Young will be able to accommodate space for that. Making this move will have a positive outcome, we will be able to invite potential customers to a profession and clean environment.

“Staton Young service is second to none, it wasn't a case of ‘this is the office so please sign’, they listened to what we were after and offered us several offices in different buildings with different budgets. Allowing us to make a well-informed decision that suited us.”

Professional Heating Solutions Ltd are plumbing and heating contractors. They offer a range of installation, service and maintenance to central heating systems, unvented hot water systems and renewable energies. They work with several clients from insurance companies, housing developers, letting agents and private clients. Being previously based in Shelton Lock, their business covers the East Midlands area.

The growth has led them to seek out a new premise to base their business. Theymade the move to Staton Young’s ‘College Business Centre’ on Uttoxeter New Road in Derby on the 1st of March. The move allows them to improve the service to their clients from the administration team and to further expand the business by providing a place for staff to carry out trainingand visitors to visitin a central location.

Recently the site has welcomed a vast amount of interest from businesses and individuals wanting flexible office spaces within a central location. The new tenants were more than happy to share their thoughts.

Daniel Jones (Professional Heating Solutions Ltd) told us:

“We chose the College business centre because of the characteristic building, central location and the fantastic service we have received.

“We were mildly affected at the beginning by the pandemic. We used the initial lockdown to evaluate our business and move in the direction we want to grow. It allowed us to set up our popular service plan package and offer finance as an FCA approved introducer.

“We found the process from viewing to sign up quick, easy and simple.Mainly the flexibility and a can do anything attitude at Staton Young is something we have not seen anywhere else.”

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