Businesses move in to Branstone Farm
Published: 24 March 2023
Several Island businesses have begun their move into new premises on the Branstone Farm integrated regeneration development site.
Branstone Farm offers environmentally sustainable, fit-for-purpose business units boasting air-source heat pumps, high specification energy efficiency, super-fast full-fibre broadband, and stunning ecological surroundings; features which help new tenants feel enabled by the new opportunities for their businesses to flourish. It is an example of bringing the principles of the islands UNESCO Biosphere status to life.
Goddards Brewery, the oldest brewery on the Isle of Wight and one of the first independent craft beer producers in the UK, is growing and creating 15 to 20 jobs for local people that will add to the island economy as they plan their move to Branstone Farm for Easter. The emphasis will also be on supporting other local businesses in their restaurant and shop.
Matt Jeffery, CEO of creative agency Brightbulb Design, says, “Our business is expanding, and we need suitable high-quality office space to meet our needs and the growing team.
This move is not just about ‘square footage’ but is about providing an encouraging environment to ensure we meet our values of positive wellbeing at work for the team.
We have a strong ethos around the mental health agenda and regular ‘well-being walks’ and walking meetings to give people a break from screens when possible. At Branstone Farm, we can continue this approach through the open green space, community garden and using the outside space as part of our working day.”
Christopher Scott, a planning and land development consultant on the Island who is also making the choice to move his business to Branstone Farm, says, “For us, moving to Branstone is about ‘walking the talk’.
I’ve been privileged to work on many innovative schemes involving ecological, bio-diverse, and sustainable living and working across the Island.
Moving to Branstone is about ‘right place, right time, right reason’ and being true to our purpose – it means our clients can see ‘we do what we say’.”
Councillor Julie Jones-Evans, cabinet member for Levelling Up, Regeneration, Business Development and Tourism, said: “Another milestone had been reached in this project, with companies moving in and taking their businesses to their next level.
“Creating a community here at Branstone will enable island businesses to go from strength to strength.”