Entrepreneur’s new HQ, business pods, balloons and bee hives
Kinross-based Webster Group is building an eco-friendly headquarters to house all its business interests in the one location.
The development is starting to come out of the ground, with foundation block work currently going in at the site in Bridgend Industrial Estate.
When complete the HQ will look as pictured above.
Timber structure will create a development containing not just the office building, with sloping sedum roof and large glass-fronted pavilion but 10 office pods available for rent (below).
Also to be sited at the new hub are bee hives to produce honey for another of Webster Group’s off-shoot businesses, Webster Honey, started by young entrepreneur Daniel Webster and his partner, Emily Kate McDonnell in 2016.
Daniel also lists a hot air ballooning company, Webster Adventures, in his portfolio alongside self storage firm, Webster Storage, contracting division Webster Developments and luxury housebuilding brand Webster Homes.
Daniel said, “We’re really excited that things are moving swiftly on site now here at Bridgend Industrial Estate and that local people can now see what we are starting to create.
“For me to be building this business hub in my home town, which will offer small fledgling businesses, young entrepreneurs and creative partnerships, the opportunity to secure sustainable business premises, and to be housing bee hives at the same location, is absolutely fantastic. We’re all confident that it’s the right move for the Webster Group, bringing all our different businesses under one roof. “
Having begun trading in 2014 with only twelve self storage units on Kinross High Street, Webster Storage moved to premises at Bridgend Industrial Estate in 2017, offering 46 units for personal and business customers.
Many firms from all over Scotland and the North of England use the storage units as a distribution hub, depositing and collecting stock which is then transported all around the country.
Daniel explained that the move into self storage came about when he was developing property throughout Fife, and customers were starting to ask him about flexible short term storage to house belongings until their new properties were ready.
“There wasn’t much in the area to satisfy this demand and so I started with the twelve units in the High Street, which were quickly full,” he said.
“It was then I realised there was also demand for longer lets, and for business customers too, as by this time many local firms had started to contact me, asking for units for longer term use.
“I decided to go for it and secured the site at Bridgend. I figured that flexible terms to suit customers would be far more desirable than what was available, and so there was no ties to monthly contracts, as many other companies insisted upon.
“Bridgend Industrial Estate is the ideal location for the self storage company, as there are so many other businesses all around it, and it offers speedy transport links in and out.
“As I now spend so much time here it also made sense to make this the location for the custom designed, eco friendly head office.”