Design agency set for expansion thanks to Land Deal
Telford’s unique Land Deal is set to enable a creative design and marketing agency to relocate to new offices from its existing location in the borough.
Kensa Creative is currently based at the University Campus in Priorslee but its success means it needs to expand.
The company will be relocating in October to newly built offices at Plot 2a, Hortonwood West, in a £600,000 relocation that will create a number of new jobs within the borough.
The plot – like a number of others around the borough – has been brought forward to market as part of the Land Deal that Telford & Wrekin Council agreed with Homes England and the Marches Local Enterprise Partnership.
Work on the new two storey office building started in May and the construction is being project managed by the Council’s in-house property development consultancy team with the construction carried out by Morris Properties.
The building has 418m² of floorspace on two floors for Kensa Creative, allowing for future growth of the business without restriction.
Scott Clarke, Managing Director at Kensa, said: "Kensa has grown significantly year on year, quickly reaching the point where we can't squeeze any more people into our current office space.
“As creatives, it has always been our dream to not only own our own building, but to actually design and build it too.
“Thanks to a partnership with the Council’s own in-house property development consultancy team biT Group, who also happen to be one of our clients, we've been able to make it a reality and are looking forward to all the exciting possibilities this extra space will bring."
Councillor Lee Carter, Telford & Wrekin Council’s cabinet member for Economic Development, said: “This is yet another prime example of how our unique Land Deal is enabling existing borough businesses to expand and create more jobs.
“This particular company are unusual in that the jobs that are available are in the creative sector rather than heavy industry – this is not typical for Telford but it is great that the range of work available is increasing.
“I wish Kensa Creative every success in their new home at Hortonwood West.”
Karl Tupling, General Manager for Homes England in the Midlands, said: “It’s great to see the Land Deal meeting the ambitious growth plans of businesses in Telford.
“Relocations such as this will continue to encouraging the growth of a diverse range of businesses and in turn provide a wider range of employment opportunities for local people.”
The council’s business support team Enterprise Telford has also assisted with the development of the business and are pleased to have been of assistance in supporting Kensa’s latest business venture into new premises.
Caption: Councillor Lee Carter hands the keys to the new offices over to Kensa Creative's managing director Scott Clarke.