AN aerial fitness studio, an ironing firm and a rare book seller have found new premises at Bath Road Business Centre in Devizes after one large commercial unit was split into several smaller spaces.
The landlord had previously struggled to find a tenant for the 5,000 sq ft unit, which had sat empty for several years.
Tom Parker, of commercial property consultant Carter Jonas, said: “The space was too large for the market and not really suitable for modern businesses.
“We advised the landlord to split the site and market the new spaces as starter units for small businesses, and this has proved to be very successful.”
Sara Mapp started Contour Aerial Fitness in September 2015. Before moving to Bath Road Business Centre she had rented space for lessons.
“This move means more space to play, more height for the poles and more classes, which will now include aerial hoop and other such arts,” she said.
“This will allow us to reach many more people as we are not restricted to time and can cater for private lessons all through the week. As we’re just a short walk from the town centre, we hope to be able to welcome many new members through the door.
“We want to encourage people from all walks of life to learn pole fitness, and dance in a safe, friendly atmosphere.”
I-Team Ironing moved in to Bath Road Business Centre at the start of April. Stacey and Brigette Cresswell used to run the domestic and commercial ironing service from their home in Rowde, but as demand grew they decided they needed a more suitable premises.
Mr Cresswell said: “When we first saw the site we had to imagine very hard what it might look like but Tom Parker at Carter Jonas convinced us it could be perfect for us – and he was right.
“The unit is in a great location on the A360, right behind the auction house.”
Godding Books, which specialises in rare, out-of-print and other hard-to-find books, has relocated within the centre. The firm’s old unit on the first floor consisted of an overflowing store and an office separated by a long corridor. It has now moved into a larger warehouse downstairs.
Founder Mark Godding said: “We are an expanding book business and our old store was full. With the help of Carter Jonas, we were able to find a larger and more convenient warehouse in the centre.
“We were also able to bring our office and warehouse together, which meant we could upgrade our systems and improve efficiency.”
Richmond Fellowship, a mental health charity, has moved into a small unit on the first floor.