Head of Industrial Agency at CFC
London has a rich tradition of makers and industrialists. This is growing rapidly in the new economy as a dynamic new group of entrepreneurs create the goods and services that Londoners need. Industrial workspace is light years behind the brand savvy approach used for office and retail accommodation. Tenants now demand much higher quality space and a real brand story for the development.
Many areas have been stripped of their purpose built manufacturing and light industrial space in recent years. This has significantly affected the types of employment available within local communities and has upset the eco-system within areas. Light industrial space provides a broad range of employment and provides vital support to London’s supply chain.
We are seeing strong growth in industrial requirements especially in craft and making sectors including brewing, distillation, food and soft drink manufacturing, and making particularly in furniture, fashion and design. There is also strong growth in traditional industrial and distribution uses including last mile logistics and distribution, trade counters and storage.
Our client base boasts hundreds of London based businesses both big and small looking for industrial space in urban locations. We help developers design and plan schemes and are currently working on several sites to devise the commercial component using our experience of working alongside and negotiating with local authorities to secure high quality planning permissions.
We work with architects and specialist industrial designers to create new formats of industrial buildings that suit the dynamic changes in London’s industrial market. Enabling light industrial to become part of mixed-use developments is critical to ensuring space can continue to be provided in inner London.
We help to curate and position industrial locations and target the right kind of complementary tenants and users. Our new products are designed to redefine light industrial space and use a smaller footprint to maximise floor space or to incorporate certain sectors of industrial into wider mixed-use developments.
We support businesses looking for space or requiring representation to help renegotiate leases on existing buildings. We help to provide a relocation strategy if you need to move and help to negotiate new leases and provide a seamless service so you can focus on running your business knowing you have an experienced organisation looking after your requirements.