8 Reasons Fleet is a fantastic business location
For companies seeking new office space, location is always at the top of the priority list. In addition to a specific town, city or region, good road and rail networks and local amenities are extremely important. In addition, many entrepreneurs now look for out-of-town locations too, as it makes parking easier and typically reduces congestion at peak times.
With that in mind, it’s easy to see why Fleet in Hampshire ticks all the right boxes for SMEs seeking a flexible, well-placed workplace in the South East. Find out more about the Hart town and discover what makes Fleet a fantastic place to start and grow a business:
1. Gateway to the South East.
Based in North East Hampshire, Fleet offers fantastic connectivity to the rest of England’s South East region. It’s within a 15-mile drive of Basingstoke, Wokingham, Bracknell and Reading, and within 20 miles of Guildford. You can drive to Southampton and Portsmouth in less than an hour, opening up new business opportunities on England’s South Coast.
2. Road and rail connectivity.
Based just off junction 4a of the M3, Fleet is well-connected by road and offers convenient access to the M25 and the South West region of Greater London. Fleet has its own train station, and you’re also just half an hour from Heathrow Airport -- perfect for business travel.
3. 40 minutes from Central London.
Fleet station has direct links to London Waterloo, getting you straight to the capital’s largest and busiest rail terminus within 40 minutes. From Waterloo, get on the Bakerloo, Northern, Jubilee, or Waterloo & City lines and enjoy immediate access to all areas of Central London.
4. Fleet is a Business Improvement District.
Fleet became a Business Improvement District (BID) in 2017, and plans are now underway that are set to bring in £750,000 over the next 5 years. Running a business in a BID provides various benefits; in particular, local businesses are better represented and have the opportunity to influence decisions affecting the surrounding area. Read more about Fleet BID here.
5. Fleet is full of green spaces.
The town of Fleet has many green spaces nearby, which are perfect for lunchtimes and after-work activities. For instance, UBCUK’s serviced offices are based at Ancells Business Park, right next-door to North Hants Golf Club -- the very club where a young Justin Rose took lessons. Hawley Lake is a short drive away, as is Yateley Common. Or if you’re feeling ‘fleet’ of foot, head to the largest lake in Hampshire -- Fleet Pond -- and take a scenic walk or jog.
6. It’s historic.
Impress your work colleagues with a spot of local history. At nearby North Warnborough you’ll find the ruins of King John's Castle, which are believed to date from the 13th century. It’s from here that King John rode to Runnymede to sign the Magna Carta in 1215.
7. It’s a great place to live.
The district of Hart in north east Hampshire, of which Fleet is the largest town, regularly tops the list of best places to live. It ranked as the most desirable place to live for a record fourth year in succession in the Halifax Quality of Life Survey (between 2010 - 2014), and it frequently scores above-average in employment rate, earnings, health, and wellbeing.
8. Fleet is a great place to work, too.
You’ll find top-notch flexible office space in Fleet. UBCUK’s business centre has recently been refurbished and extended, providing a superb selection of serviced office space of all shapes and sizes. From private, self-contained office suites to small startup offices and shared coworking areas, we have plenty of room for growing businesses. Our business centre also provides high quality customer service with on-site reception support to greet your visitors and answer incoming calls.
Interested in setting up or running a business in Fleet? Get a closer look at our range of flexible workspace at Ancells Business Park here.
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