Thornber Properties is a pretty big deal in our pretty little valley.  That’s because this locally-based firm provides commercial space to almost 80 local businesses and their hundreds of employees. The company was established in 1906 by Edgar Thornber, and originally bred poultry. Although no longer involved in farming, it’s still very much a family affair, with Edgar’s 3 granddaughters now at the helm.

Today, they let high-quality premises to a mind-boggling variety of businesses and groups, including everything from craftspeople, personal tutors, shop keepers and a brass band, right through to a motor engineers, vets practice, call centre and scientific lab.  Premises are spread across several local sites, and they include offices, workshops, storage space and retail outlets, ranging from 700 square feet right up to 8,000. Buildings are kept in tip-top condition too, and tenants enjoy benefits like fair rents, emergency generators and even a company snow plough for keeping access clear. The Thornber team pride themselves on looking after their tenants, offering them everything from marketing support to forklift services.

Word of mouth is how most people discover Thornber Properties, and tenants tend to move into larger Thornber buildings as their businesses inevitably grow.  It means vacant facilities are highly prized, so get your skates on if you’re looking for somewhere to rent for yourself.  Don’t worry too much though, because there’s planning permission for Thornbers to build more commercial space as and when they need it.  For more info, just watch their web space.