Business is booming in Bolsover District
Property consultants BB&J Commercial report key office occupier growth across Bolsover District thanks to the success of pioneering new business centres led by the local District Councils.
BB&J were first appointed as retained property agents in 2012 and have since been awarded a second long-term contract thanks to the expertise and delivery on key schemes across the region over the past four years.
At the heart of the success is The Tangent Business Hub in Shirebrook. The brainchild of Bolsover District Council and delivered via public sector funding of £4.7million, the Hub was first conceived over six years ago when the Council identified the need for diversification in order to support a thriving business community across multiple sectors.
To support the opening of the Hub in 2012, the Council brought in BB&J to help secure occupiers for the 2-storey business centre which comprises 15 workspaces (ground floor) and 18 self-contained offices (upper floor).
Now 91% occupied with all the workspaces filled and just 3 office suites remaining, the Hub demonstrates the growing demand for flexible business premises which accommodate small to medium sized companies, many of whom are making their first move into professional office space as their business grows.
Council Leader, Councillor Ann Syrett said, “BB&J’s remit includes four business centres as well as individual commercial properties which means they have been able to maximise occupier interest and match the right tenants with the right space which is invaluable.
“The Tangent in particular is a perfect example of how we are meeting the changing shift in market demand for office space. The Hub provides the next step for business owners looking to move into a more professional setting after perhaps working out of their home or industrial workshop.
“We’ve been able to secure competitive rents whilst helping occupiers with flexible lease lengths and the cost-effective provision of shared reception and meeting spaces which more and more businesses are now seeking.”
BB&J Commercial’s Natalie Bryan said, “We’ve been working closely with both Bolsover and North East Derbyshire District Councils over the past four years to maximise their investments and promote the high quality, flexible office spaces they have created. We identified early the growing demand for these business centres and as a result we’ve been able to lead the march in the provision of workspace for the growing number of entrepreneurs and start-ups across the region. It’s a pleasure to work with such a forward-thinking local authority and we are delighted to be retained once more to help deliver their vision.”
As well as The Tangent Business Hub, BB&J Commercial act on behalf of Bolsover and North East Derbyshire District Councils for Pleasley Vale Business Park and Coney Green Business Centre.
The Tangent Business Hub was funded by European Regional Development Fund and Bolsover Council’s Working Neighbourhood grant scheme.
Date issued: 8 August 2016 (issued by BB&J Commercial)
Council issues telephone scam warning to local residents
We are warning residents about scam phone calls being made in the council’s name.
We have been contacted by concerned residents who have received phone calls, where the caller claims to be from Bolsover District Council who they say are doing a shopping survey.
Cabinet Member for Community Cohesion, Councillor Karl Reid said, “We’ve had a number of reports from residents saying that a council representative has called saying they are from Bolsover District Council and they are doing a shopping survey.
“We’d like to make it perfectly clear that we would never make unsolicited phone calls of this nature. Our advice is to put down the phone on these scammers and report the call.
“These fraudsters pretend to be from a place of authority so that people will be less likely to question them. Luckily, this time around the people who have contacted us have realised this is a scam phone call and have hung up in good time.”
We hve reported this to Derbyshire County Council’s Trading Standards team who have a number of initiatives in place to help residents with all types of scams whether they are by post, cold calling, email or telephone.
Councillor Reid added, “We urge all residents to continue reporting any phone calls, letters or other scam material which will help Trading Standards investigations and enable them to take action.”
The council is also urging carers, families and friends of older or vulnerable residents to pass on this latest warning, look out for any signs that they may be a victim of scams and to report anything suspicious.
Residents who believe they have been scammed or who know someone who has, can get advice and report it to the Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 03454 040506.
More information about different types of scams, where to report them and other helpful advice can be found on Derbyshire County Council website.
Date issued: 29 July 2016
‘Oar’some job by school children
Thousands of school children have completed their very own Olympic challenge after rowing the distance from Bolsover to Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.
10,000 children from 44 schools from across Bolsover District and beyond completed 7,234.2 miles, (1,500 more miles than their original target of 5,830) over a five-month period.
The challenge saw the schools receive four rowing machines for two days each to row as far as they could and the schools who rowed the furthest were:
- Infant - Clowne Infant School - 161 miles
- Primary - Model Village Primary School (Shirebrook) - 243.2miles
- Junior - Tibshelf Town End - 255.5miles
- Secondary - Shirebrook Academy - 285miles
- Special - Stubbin Wood - 55.4miles
‘Row to Rio’ was launched back in February by Olympic Gold medal rower Zac Purchase and is a partnership between ourselves and Bolsover and District School Sport Partnership that aimed to run alongside the popular Five:60 programme which tackles inactivity and childhood obesity in schools.
Each of the schools who rowed the furthest where presented with a certificate and £50 sports voucher at special school assemblies.
Cabinet Member for Leisure, Councillor Mary Dooley said, “This has been an amazing challenge and all the schools have really thrown themselves into it. It was great to see so many taking part from nursery children who couldn’t even reach the foot plate to secondary school pupils who really put there all into it.
“Tackling inactivity and childhood obesity is a national issue but by giving children challenges such as this to do it adds a fun element and is something they want to do rather than having to do it.
“My congratulations go to all of the schools involved and to all the children, staff and parents who have helped and supported this challenge.”
Date issued: 21 July 2016
Traveller Site in Bolsover
Update 19 July 2016 16:21
We are pleased to report that the unauthorised traveller site in Bolsover has now vacated the Sherwood Lodge and Town End car parks. We had put plans in place and were ready to serve a Direction notice requesting them to leave, however they left the District (under Police escort) of their own accord. Our Streetscene team are on site cleaning up any litter/waste left behind and we appreciate everyone's patience and assistance whilst the incident was dealt with. We are now looking at options to secure the site to try and prevent this happening again.
Yesterday (Sunday 17 July 2016) afternoon a large number of travellers set up camp on the Sherwood Lodge and Town End Car Parks in Bolsover.
We are liaising with Morrisons, who own the Sherwood Lodge site and the relevant agencies to apply for a Direction under the Criminal Justice and Public Order act to remove the travellers from this site. We have also spoken to the Police regarding the situation and we have increased the patrols of our CAN Rangers in this area.
We want to reassure people that we are doing everything within our powers to deal with the situation as quickly and as efficiently as the law will allow us.