When the Long family bought Warwick Mill, our vision was to bring to Carlisle and North Cumbria a new kind of business environment, one that would provide the perfect place for businesses to thrive.
We knew that we had a great location, close enough to the city but far enough out of the traffic hassles and noise to ensure a productive work environment as well as the other benefits of being in a beautiful sandstone heritage building surrounded by fields, with otters and kingfishers in the streams.
Thanks to Phil and Kirstie we all know the importance of location, location, location, but as stunning as Warwick Mill is, we knew our success would be down to more than just the potential of the site. From our own experience we knew that business owners and senior managers just wanted to get on with building their business, not the minutiae of running an office, so Warwick Mill Business Village needed to be an easy place to be. So in creating our serviced offices, virtual offices, meeting rooms, long let offices, workshops and industrial units on our site near Carlisle we created large secure car parks with space for everyone and their clients, incorporated our own fast broadband connections, and telephone points that are instantly activated. Once built we knew that it would be our levels of service, attending to maintenance issues, gritting the roads if it’s icy and making sure that the things you never think about remain that way, would be what ensured businesses stayed.
Our market research told us that there wasn’t anywhere in the area that offered flexible leases so as well as making sure our leases are simple, straightforward and honest, we created a low initial tie in period with a short rolling notice period. That way we could support our client’s growth plans at a timescale that suited them.
In bringing our 200 year old former textile mill back to life, we were reclaiming Warwick Mill for future generations. It made sense that as we looked to create a positive impact on the business landscape in Carlisle and Cumbria, we looked to create a positive environmental impact too. As well as recycling and limiting our paper usage we provided a covered bike store and put in showers to encourage sustainable transport. We wanted to look at bigger scale opportunities too, leading us to work with conservation experts to restore one of the original turbines to create electricity from the power of the mill race. We installed solar panels on the former weaving sheds that are now home to our industrial units and most recently we installed a biomass boiler to ensure the mill is heated using the most sustainable means.
When you choose to come to Warwick Mill you do not get an identikit box. What you do get is functional workspace in a location as unique as your company, all with excellent service levels. We wanted to provide the perfect place to do business. I hope you’ll agree that we have.