When The Lighthouse in North Berwick opened its doors three years ago as the first purpose-built business centre in the town, it was one of the first trailblazers in the out-of-town workplace market.
Offering a mix of private offices and co-working, with flexible memberships to suit those after a fixed desk and those whose routines mean their work space needs to work around them, The Lighthouse has become a buoyant hub for local businesses, and the community. Tenants span every size and sector from health and beauty and professional services to marketing and design, energy consultants and wealth advisors, each drawn to The Lighthouse for its location, facilities and inclusive culture.
The Lighthouse managing director Nick Watson said; “There is a real spirit of collaboration and companionship at The Lighthouse, which is an ethos we value and support. Members don’t just occupy the same space, they often work together, which is something we reciprocate with, developing working relationships with our members who have skills and experience in the areas we need to help grow our business.”
One of The Lighthouse’s longest-standing tenants Laura Thomas Co has experienced such growth in sales that the company is moving out of The Lighthouse this summer to larger premises. Laura said; “The Lighthouse has been a fantastic base for the company and, while we are moving on to new adventures, we are all sad to leave. The team has always been so helpful and accommodating and really interested in each and every business under its roof. It’s that personal touch that has made our time at The Lighthouse really special.”
Moving into the space and doubling the size of her existing unit is Michelle Denham Beauty and Skin Clinic, another business that has called The Lighthouse home since the beginning. Owner Michelle said; “In my industry the space is absolutely vital to the experience and my customers love coming here. As a small business owner The Lighthouse couldn’t be better landlords: affordable rents and friendly and professional treatment, I’m really excited that my business can grow into its next phase at The Lighthouse.”
Nick added; “People come to us because they’re looking for a cost-effective place to work that doesn’t require them having to travel too far, which eats into their working day. And, whereas flexible working was once pretty much the sole preserve of forward-thinking tech companies, the pandemic has shown that people can work remotely and just as productively. More and more businesses are re-evaluating how they operate and taking on smaller regional offices or fixed desks in a centre like ours for staff are initiatives all being incorporated into working models.”
Small wonder this thriving business centre continues to enjoy near full occupancy. The Lighthouse’s beacon is definitely shining clear and bright.