Bury St Edmunds Farmers Club targets business membership following refurbishment

Inside the Bury St Edmunds Farmers Club building.

Inside the Bury St Edmunds Farmers Club building. - Credit: Archant

One of the longest-established venues in Bury St Edmunds is launching a new business centre.

Bury St Edmunds Farmers Club, whose Northgate Street premises includes parts dating from the 15th century, has carried out a major refurbishment and added a range of modern facilities include free wi-fi and office support services.

The newly styled Northgate Business Centre will be officially launched on Thursday this week, with the aim of attracting new company and individual members.

The club has eight tenanted offices, three meeting rooms of varying sizes and less formal members areas where people can work.

There is a staffed reception, secure on-site parking, and a kitchen team able to cover everything from simple refreshments to formal fine dining.


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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. Today, membership is available to the wider Bury St Edmunds business and social community.

Joanna Wallace, general manager, said: “Bury St Edmunds’ Farmers Club has long been a social and business hub for the town.

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“However, gone are the days where you have to be male and a farmer to be a member. The club has developed into a significant business hub, servicing sole traders and companies from the local area and beyond.

“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 of this wonderful venue.

“With the official launch of the Northgate Business Centre we are looking forward to welcoming new individuals and companies into the club.”

The Georgian-style building, which is Grade I-listed, is also available for weddings and private functions as well as corporate events.

The club’s resident chef can offer a choice of fine dining, light lunches or conference platters. It also offers a well-stocked bar, fine wines and a choice of dining rooms.

Membership options include specific corporate memberships for both start-up businesses and more established local companies.

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