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herts, beds & bucks | ‘A PLACE YOU CAN DO BUSINESS’ Henkel and Hemel Ambassador Richard Boyle, pictured right with Andy Cook, Managing Director at FFEI.


One of the largest business parks in the East of England, Hemel Hempstead’s successful Maylands Business Park is home to 700 businesses and 20,000 employees. Thanks to its inclusion in the newly- designated Enterprise Zone, it is set to grow further (see page 25). Brands currently operating from the area include Amazon, Gyron Internet, ASOS and Sopra Steria, to name but a few. The town is priming itself for growth in both service and manufacturing


are proud to live in the area, and agree that it will attract new shops and businesses. But the opportunities Hemel


Hempstead now offers don’t stop there.


businesses, made possible by the availability of development land and championed all the way by Hemel Hempstead Business Ambassadors. This innovative group of local business


leaders has come together to share information on investment, planning and future business trends, share ideas and spread the word about why Hemel is their number one choice. “Hemel is the location to do business,” confirms Richard Boyle, Global Technology


Construction of The Forum is now well underway, creating a landmark shared services hub in the heart of town surrounded by a major 200-plus apartment scheme which will add further life to the town centre. On target to open early 2017, it is already giving a tired civic zone a much- needed lift. Further along in the old Market Square,


the Council is now in negotiations with an independent cinema operator to develop a restaurant and leisure complex to stimulate the town centre’s night-time economy. David Robinson, Manager of Riverside


Shopping Centre, sums up the progress: “Hemel Evolution has had a very positive effect on the town centre. We are attracting more retailers which will ultimately brings in more shoppers spending more money to create more jobs, boosting the local economy. All businesses have been very supportive of the regeneration works, as we know the goal is to create a popular, vibrant town centre.” Dacorum is also extending


opportunities away from the centre of town by rejuvenating the heart of Maylands Business Park. Lighting, signage, paving and landscaping are being updated, but they


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Champion for Henkel and Hemel Ambassador (pictured right with Andy Cook, Managing Director at FFEI). “Our employees travel extensively to work with their customers and their colleagues. It was no coincidence that Henkel moved its UK Headquarters to Hemel Hempstead, with trains to London in less than 30 minutes, four international airports within 60 minutes and close to the motorway network. We also wanted a great place for our staff to relax. Here we can enjoy the local countryside, and have easy access to great schools, housing and social activities.”


Hemel Hempstead Ambassadors


welcome new members. For more information email Ambassador Place Manager Gary Stringer Gary.Stringer@hhba.work


are going further by introducing services and facilities to turn it into a more social space for professionals to enjoy. Council Leader Andrew Williams offers


businesses an open invitation: “Regeneration is repositioning our town so that businesses, residents and visitors benefit equally in its bright future. If you’re considering relocating, expanding or investing, look no further. Our door is always open.”


Get in touch Find out more about the opportunities Hemel Hempstead can offer your business. Call Dacorum Borough Council on 01442 228000 ask for Chris Taylor, Group Manager for Strategic Planning and Regeneration, or email chris.taylor@dacorum.gov.uk Discover Hemel town centre


transformation at www.dacorum.gov.uk/hemelevolution


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