Foxmoor Business Park has been given a huge boost with the completion of a new £500,000 access road linking it directly with the A38 and Junction 26 on the M5. Large vehicles now have a direct route onto the site instead of having to navigate the narrow lanes through Chelston.
With only two of the forty units on the park currently vacant, the park employs nearly fifty people, many in small vehicle service and repair specialists but some in larger businesses such as Prolift Access, Weston Recovery Service and West Country Fencing Supplies. As well as modular units providing flexible commercial and office space, the site also offers secure indoor caravan and camper storage and a yard for outside industrial use.
Janet Hurford, who oversees Foxmoor’s accounts, said, “All the units have been converted from greenhouses. When the bottom dropped out of the horticulture business some years ago, the owner, Gideon Sumption, decided to make use of the existing structures and the yard for industrial and commercial use. The new road is very good news for the park and, because our rents are low, we are attractive for both individual operators and for larger regional businesses. The caravan and camper storage is also ideally situated on the route to south west holiday locations.”
With two competing business parks – Chelston and Westpark – nearby, Gideon Sumption, the owner of Foxmoor, explained his particular vision: “Our plans are to continue to improve on what we think we do well, namely provide affordable accessible business accommodation for local businesses. We have deliberately set out not to compete with Westpark or other institutionally funded schemes.
“By their nature they provide expensive space on onerous lease terms. At Foxmoor Business Park we aim not only to provide real value with rents less than two thirds of theirs but we also have a very simple tenancy agreement which allows the tenant to move in the same day with the payment of just one month’s rent up front. The consequence is that we are full and they are not.
“The new entrance is the result of a £500,000 investment by us, the directors Jonathan and Gideon Sumption, and the culmination of 16 years work. We are very proud of the result. Any local business is very welcome to come and have a look around and see what we have to offer. Just have a look at www.foxmoorbusinesspark.com .”