New chapter for thriving business centre

Published on 19 September 2017

A thriving business centre is set for a new lease of life after expanding and giving an array of other businesses a new home.

Clawthorpe Hall Business Centre, Carnforth, provided a base for its owners Duckett Building Services, before they decided to open it up to other local firms.

This proved popular with a variety of businesses, from accountants to biomass fuel and even a nursery, filling the range of units.

Last year The Cumberland helped the Ducketts expand the business centre further with a new extension, by streamlining and refinancing its operations.

It now has the opportunity to increase its revenue through the business centre as well extend its flexible office environment to more local firms.

The Duckett business operation was born in 1946, when brothers Ernest and Edward Duckett acquired a joiners and undertakers in Holme. In 1963 Brian Duckett, keen to follow in his father's footsteps, started work as an apprentice joiner and Edward Duckett & Son was launched.

In 1999 Brian set up Duckett Building Services and the business has continued to expand and diversify since then.

Edward Duckett, the current MD, and son of Brian, told us about how the most recent development, Clawthorpe Hall, has developed.

He said: “We had a vision, and The Cumberland could see the vision, our values and the value of the site, and wanted to help us support local independent businesses.

“The Cumberland helped us streamline and separate the companies as required. Our previous bank didn’t really help with this, and this was disappointing having banked with them for the past 70 years.

“The centre houses a wide range of businesses including accountants, a car lease firm, a health centre, support groups, clothing sales, biomass energy and even a nursery.

“They are all local businesses like us. We operate mainly in the Lakes, Lancaster, and Lancashire. It is an awesome place to be based, with fantastic road links which helps when you need to do business face-to-face.

“Some businesses have been here for over ten years, gradually evolving and expanding, as we have flexibility and a range of unit sizes.

“You want people to do well and that’s why we are flexible, and why we wanted to work with The Cumberland.

“The Cumberland had a proactive mind-set throughout the process and a personal feeling that we didn’t get from other banks.

“We also appreciated The Cumberland’s local call centre, which enables you to get straight through to someone on the other end of the phone that knows what you’re talking about.

“Sometimes you want to speak to someone face-to-face and see if they have the same passion for your business that you do.

“Our plan now the business centre has expanded in size is to get it full again."
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