BOTH Thurrock Council and their partners, NWES are pleased with the progress being made by a new business centre in Grays,
The Old Courthouse was opened in January on the site of the Grays magistrates court.
A spokesperson for Thurrock Council, who have invested over Â£3 million in the project said: " The Old Courthouse has 39 available spaces to let. Of those, 15 are already occupied with another six firms due to move by the end of June this year. In addition, we have another large business ready to lease three more units and are awaiting a move in date.
We are extremely pleased at the level of interest for The Old Courthouse. Lettings are slightly ahead of our target. As expected, the smaller units have been very popular.
Occupancy levels are expected to build incrementally and we expect full occupancy by year three but we expect to beat projections given the strong start and levels of interest.
Nwes Strategic Director, John Balch is also pleased with the progress.
John said: "The impact the Old Courthouse has had on the Thurrock business community has been overwhelmingly positive.
"Not only are some of the most dynamic companies in the region calling the centre home, but entrepreneurs from across the county are being drawn to our networking events, building connections that go on to boost Essex business.
"It is clear the Old Courthouse will be a key business hub for Thurrock and beyond for years to come.
One of the companies using the Old Courthouse is the award winning Dotty Hippo Design.
Louise Ince of Dotty Hippo Design said: "Moving into The Old Courthouse has further raised my company’s profile.
"It has also provided the opportunity to meet with a wider number of businesses. It is a unique office building which impresses my visiting clients and is a great talking point.
"The professional office environment and the support services enables me to focus directly on my business".