Market Harborough Building Society (MHBS) has revealed plans to move to a new head office, and is pledging to offer meeting and event space to local groups and charities.
MHBS, whose 120 strong management and administrative functions are currently based across two sites in the centre of Market Harborough, is moving to the former Joules building at The Point Business Park.
The 12,152 square foot office has been empty since 2019 so MHBS’ move by spring 2024 will help reinvigorate this landmark location.
The move includes purchase of a 65 space car park adjacent to the office building which will ensure the venue is accessible for groups of all sizes.
The Society’s CEO, Iain Kirkpatrick, says: “By moving head office we’re able to unite our colleagues in one building for the first time, creating a modern and flexible working environment which will encourage more team working and collaboration which is good news for members, whilst also supporting the health and wellbeing of our people.
“The Point’s reputation as a premium location also means we can boast a compelling work environment for our teams, now and in the future as we continue to grow the Society.
“I’m also personally delighted that The Point offers us the ability to share the benefits of our new office with local community groups, clubs and societies by making space available for them to host meetings or other events.
“Supporting our community is at the heart of our purpose as a mutual and our ambitious Thrive! Agenda, which is focused on giving back to the communities we serve.”
The Society is upgrading the new office space with sustainability at the heart. This principle will underpin the design and see MHBS re-purpose as much of what is already on site as possible in order to minimise wastage. All the works will be undertaken by local contractors, with the key project team all based within 15 miles of Market Harborough.
The Society has no plans to move its Welland House Branch, which occupies space in one of its current head office buildings. Kirkpatrick says: “We are committed to providing face-to-face service in our Market Harborough branch, which we know is invaluable to many customers especially the more vulnerable members of society.
“The branch offers much more than a place to transact, our colleagues offer a wide range of support to help members look after their financial and personal wellbeing, as well as playing a vital role in their wider communities through fundraising and volunteering activities.”