A new business centre was officially opened today in one of Bury St Edmunds oldest business venues.
Bury St Edmunds Farmers’ Club, parts of which date back to the 15th century, has been refurbished with modern facilities, including free wi-fi and office support services.
Its Northgate Business Centre has eight tenanted offices, three meeting rooms and less formal members’ areas where people can work.
The meeting rooms are the Oak Room which seats six to eight in boardroom style, the club’s committee room seating up to 12 and the Northgate Suite which seats 52 in theatre-style.
The club’s business development manager Jane Maskell said the eight offices are currently all let but she added: “Some are on short term leases and others are long term, so there’s room for movement there.”
She said those looking for town centre offices for the future should contact the club.
The accommodation is backed up by a staffed reception, secure on-site parking and a kitchen team able to cover everything from simple refreshments to fine dining.
The Farmers Club was founded in September 1947 by a group of farmers and businessmen who wanted a relaxed and peaceful place to eat, drink and discuss business without interruption.
They chose what is now a Grade I listed building with a Georgian frontage on Northgate Street and quiet gardens behind.
Today, membership to this venue is available to the wider business and social community.
Joanna Wallace, general manager, said: “Gone are the days where you had to be male and a farmer to be a member.
“Business needs have changed dramatically since the Club first opened its doors.
“We have upgraded our facilities to reflect this, while maintaining the original concept and traditional values.”