Often described as Surrey’s ‘best-kept secret’, Fetcham Park has been part of the small community of Fetcham, near Leatherhead, since 1705. Its influence as a leader in Surrey’s business scene, however, is wide and far-reaching. In 1999, the Grade II* listed property was repurposed as a business centre with modern offices, and the ornate, historic rooms are now utilised as public areas and meeting spaces.
Conveniently located 35 minutes from the UK’s two major airports at Heathrow and Gatwick, and with easy access by road and rail, Fetcham Park attracts dynamic local and international businesses in search of a prestigious location to call their own.
In addition to serviced offices, private meeting and event facilities are available for hire. In recent years, Fetcham Park has welcomed high-profile companies such as Facebook, eBay and Exxon to the house for corporate away-days and private dining with a difference. Delegates can relax in private, uninterrupted surroundings with six acres of landscaped grounds to enjoy during breaks.
Fetcham Park’s ability to service the business community doesn’t just start and end with well-appointed modern offices. The house and grounds also benefit from plenty of on-site parking, a bicycle rack, and there are several picturesque walking and running routes around the property to explore. Fetcham Park offers enterprise-grade IT with bespoke packages tailored to your use, ergonomic and flexible desking, secure access, and the facility to move and change configurations within the building to suit your immediate and future business needs.
With local office space at a premium for individuals and small teams, and an increasing workforce of independent start-ups and consultants, Fetcham Park provides office based and virtual services with a prestigious address and a dedicated phone number. Call answering, a drop-in space to collect post and deal with urgent messages, and a professional business environment for client meetings, at favourable room rates, during the start-up period when a full-time office may not be required, all supported by a dedicated Client Services Team. This offers your business the seamless transition to an office space without the costs and interruption of an address and number change when the time is right.
A tide of change in Mole Valley
As Mole Valley District Council prepare to launch its new Economic Prosperity Strategy, promising a pro-business approach to the local economy, exciting times lie ahead for Fetcham Park.
“There’s a feeling of change in Mole Valley,” comments Fetcham Park’s house manager, Kate Ainsworth, who reports a notable increase in enquiries for office space and meetings in recent months. “The local business community is thriving, from start-ups to SMEs. Larger organisations are also relocating away from the city, as the quality and benefits of local facilities improve to meet demand.”
An example of this is The Inspiration Space, a new networking organisation for Surrey’s growing community of start-ups, creative professionals, and small business owners. Regular meet-ups, workshops and talks are hosted throughout the area including Fetcham Park, The Inspiration Space’s HQ. At these meetings, key speakers actively engage with people from across the county to exchange ideas, share knowledge, swap skills and collaborate, creating an enlightened environment for proactive business development.
Among their recent events was a creative workshop with chalk paint inventor and entrepreneur Annie Sloan, and a motivational morning with guest speaker Craig Goldblatt, encouraging guests to ‘Stop Being Afraid…And Do What You Love’ during a lively, inspiring two-hour session.
The house has also played host to sportsmen and women including John Surtees CBE, Damon Hill OBE, and Paralympian Rachel Morris; international businesswoman Susan Harmsworth MBE, journalists Michael Buerk and Kate Adie, and TV presenters Eamon Holmes and Ruth Langford. Fetcham Park is truly the perfect backdrop for every type of meeting, discussion or private dining.
Big city working
The desirable and convenient location, just 25 minutes by train to central London, does much for Fetcham Park’s credentials. Add to this a beautiful period property, modern multi-sized offices, open-air spaces and a dedicated management team, and it’s easy to see why the business centre is thriving.
But the Fetcham Park difference is so much more than bricks and mortar. For nearly 20 years, the house has experienced the changing face of local and international business, and adapted to meet client needs and the economic climate. Looking beyond the latest technology and workplace trends that influence Fetcham Park’s long and short term plans for growth, the company has retained close ties with both Leatherhead and Surrey Chambers of Commerce, the CBI and RICS. Central to this is the long-time support of strategic Chamber initiatives with the aim of helping to promote local business and boost the economy, plus involvement with Local Enterprise Partnerships. Currently, the Leatherhead Chamber use the house as its base for administration communications, committee meetings, and a drop-in centre for one-to-one meetings.
The Fetcham Park difference
The secret to Fetcham Park’s longevity? “Our ability to adapt and change with the times and the needs of our clients,” reflects Kate, “while our surroundings are steeped in history, our approach is modern, flexible and forward-thinking.
“Clients enjoy the benefits of a refined working environment that meets their needs, away from the hustle and bustle of city life, with the huge bonus of plentiful parking. For us, it’s not just about comfortable workspaces and the latest technology; we cater for so much more. From on-site personal training and car valeting, to informal networking and fun events.
“With complimentary filtered water, tea and Nespresso machines on each floor, a quality sandwich and soup service, and a tuck-box for breakfast or the late afternoon munchies, our residents are fully catered for in order to promote a positive working environment.
“We continue to actively support and promote healthy working habits with plenty of breakout areas, a residents’ only space with a communal table to have lunch and enjoy a chat with others, or simply to read the newspaper in peace away from the desk. To enhance our Workplace Wellbeing Initiative further, postural strength training and desk analysis are available in addition to walking maps, bike racks, on-site showers, ergonomic Herman Miller chairs, LED task lighting and height adjustable desks. It’s Fetcham Park’s attention to detail which sets us apart.”
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