Describe what the business does?
Based in Knaphill, on the outskirts of Woking, Lansbury provides flexible office space, light industrial units and warehouse storage to rent. Full support facilities are available including meeting rooms, AV and conferencing equipment. The site has adequate free car parking and on-site overnight and weekend security. Local shops and facilities are within a ten minute walk to Knaphill.Great effort is made to keep the landscaped site looking green and pleasant for tenants and visitors. Grass areas are manicured and colourful planting in borders and tubs gives a splash element of nature. The site Café provides everything from a healthy breakfast to a choice of hot lunch in addition to business catering for meetings in the local area.
What makes the business special?
The Lansbury team (which includes five family members) have well over 35 years’ worth of experience in helping small businesses into commercial premises. The management office is located on site and their “door is always open…” and by keeping the paperwork reduced, starting with a 6 month licence, new tenant efforts can be focused on running their company. The Lansbury ethos is to engage with each tenant and assist where possible, for example; effecting introductions to professional services and regular maintenance of buildings. Today there are 40 companies on site which cover a wide range of industries including precision engineering, website development, surveying, subsea systems, instrument calibration, care agencies, bathroom fittings, water-coolers, CCTV systems, photography, PCB services, printers and the Woking Hospice main warehouse. Lansbury Christmas parties are one of the highlights of the year. All tenants are invited, festive food and drink is provided and distinguished guests include MP’s, Mayors and mere mortals…
How long have you been in Woking?
The current business park in Knaphill has been operating since 1980 (most of the Directors were born in Woking). Early tenants in the 1980’s looking for space to start or grow their business may have been unsure of the exact size required, so quite often the conversation went along the lines: “if you can’t visualise how much space you need, here’s a piece of chalk, draw lines on the floor and we’ll build it that size”. This practical method of determining space worked for the initial period while there were still large open plan buildings available. During the eighties, a number of “starter” units were built around the perimeter of the site. These offered a mix of light industrial space and ancillary offices in 2,500 sq. ft. units. This type of space was particularly good for new start-up companies and those expanding.
Why is Woking a good place to do business?
“The region’s most ambitious town” with Economic Dynamism, People Skills, Transport and Infrastructure offering a connected, quality environment with a range of first class retail, leisure and cultural amenities as well as high quality, affordable housing and services for its highly skilled workforce.London Waterloo is just 25 minutes away by train and Woking has excellent links with the south coast. Heathrow and Gatwick are within half an hour. Woking is committed to an advanced vision - a borough where winning businesses are located and people aspire to live. Regular events include networking, briefings and receptions with local Chambers of Commerce and an annual Woking Means Business exhibition at the H.G.Wells centre.
For Office Space enquiries: www.lansbury.co.uk