Independence House, a landmark building in Huddersfield is to become the new UK headquarters of Orchard Facilities Management (FM).
The Yorkshire-based business has purchased the three-storey victorian property as it prepares to expand its presence nationally over the next five years.
Orchard FM currently employs 30 people at its premises in Elland and works with businesses nationwide looking after their complete facilities management portfolios including waste management, IT managed services, pest control, maintenance and compliance.
Gareth Henderson, who founded Orchard FM in 2005, said the new premises would allow him to fulfil his growth plans for the business and satisfy a long held ambition to provide a unique environment for start-up businesses in Calderdale and Kirklees.
He also plans to set up a growth incubator in the building to help fledgling businesses establish and thrive, fulfilling a personal aspiration to provide local start-ups with a nurturing environment.
“When I started out in business I was fortunate enough to work in an incubator style setting within a charitable organisation and I appreciated the support given to me by some of the more experienced business people who shared the building.
“Independence House is large enough to allow us to create serviced office space for new businesses with the right culture and environment to help them develop.
“Orchard FM’s directors will be on site and available to sit down and have a coffee with business owners to share ideas and expertise and help them tackle some of the challenges they may face in their early years.”
Orchard FM plans to relocate to Independence House in February and is looking to create 18 new jobs over the next three years.