West Suffolk-based Clerkin Group to relocate to Haverhill

From left, Tracy Grace, finance director, Clerkin Group, Neil Turvey, surveyor, West Suffolk council

From left, Tracy Grace, finance director, Clerkin Group, Neil Turvey, surveyor, West Suffolk councils, Peter Stevens, St Edmundsbury Borough Council cabinet member for operations, and Dean Clerkin, managing director, Clerkin Group. Picture: West Suffolk councils - Credit: Archant

Civil engineering company Clerkin Group is to relocate from its current base at Hundon to a new headquarters in Haverhill.

Clerkin has taken a lease on a 1.85 acre site in Hollands Road which forms part of an industrial estate owned and operated by St Edmundsbury Borough Council.

The site includes warehousing and offices but Clerkin plans to remodel the site, including significant demolition, to create a new HQ and depot.

Dean Clerkin, managing director, said: “We are an established civil engineering contractor and since the company was founded in 1963 we have operated from Hundon.

“The business and range of services we provide has significantly grown over the years, hence the need for a new operations base that gives us flexibility to plan for the future. As local employers, we are very pleased to have secured this site.”

Tracy Grace, finance director, added: “Clerkin’s has expanded to meet industry needs, and through our credible reputation and great working relationship with our clients we have matured as a business to maintain steady growth.

“The majority of our works are within the East Anglian region, although we always endeavour to use as many local services and suppliers as possible, to keep as much trade as we can within our surrounding community.

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“A high percentage of our employees are local people and we provide training relevant to the individual job specification. Once we are settled in our new premises we will be looking at how we can facilitate apprentices across the business.

“These are exciting times for Clerkin and we are looking forward to our headquarters and depot being based in Haverhill.”

Peter Stevens, St Edmundsbury council cabinet member for operations, said: “Our property services team knew that time was of the essence for the tenant, and moved to conclude the deal quickly, signing the lease within six weeks of the initial contact.

“The borough council has a wide range of commercial premises, from retail, leisure, industrial premises and development land, all of which support jobs and provide rental income to use to deliver council services. This is a good deal, which will see buildings refurbished and improvements to the site. I welcome Clerkin into Haverhill and wish them continuing success”

Alaric Pugh, St Edmundsbury’s cabinet member for Growth, added: “This tenancy is a good example of how the council is working to create conditions for economic growth. The deal offers continued employment for local people and also brings major improvements. This is great news for Clerkin’s and for Haverhill and I wish both continuing prosperity.”