Sky subsidiary, Sky CP, latest company to choose Essex as a location base

Brentwood Stone Cross buildingBrentwood continues to be an attractive location for businesses moving out of London with Sky subsidiary, Sky CP, becoming the latest to move to the town. Sky have signed a 15-year lease for Stone Cross, a 40,000-sq. ft. office building in Brentwood, with an annual rent of £1.1 million. Sky CP designs and manufactures Sky set top boxes which were previously manufactured by Amstrad, also previously based in Brentwood, until it was bought by Sky. Sky will move its research and development and office operation from its current base to the Brentwood site.

"We are very pleased to have let Stone Cross ahead of the existing tenant’s upcoming lease expiry, which is testament to the strength of the building’s location and excellent car parking provision.”


Alex Aitchison, Director, Boultbee Brooks Real Estate

Brentwood’s strategic location

Part of Brentwood’s appeal is its outstanding connectivity links. The borough has excellent connectivity through rail and road connections including links with the M25 and A12 and fast rail links with London and East Anglia. These links will further improve with the new Elizabeth Line connection.

“With office supply remaining critically low in Brentwood, plus the new Elizabeth Line connection and the excellent town centre amenities on the door step, the Stone Cross building is unparalleled in Brentwood and we were able to set a new headline rent as a result."


Alex Aitchison, Director, Boultbee Brooks Real Estate

Map of Brentwood linksBrentwood is the location of choice for a range of thriving companies. The town combines a high-quality environment with close proximity to London with a well-qualified workforce. Other companies which have chosen to take advantage of the benefits of Brentwood as a business base include Bibby Financial services (BFS), who moved to their Brentwood location in 2017 and Shawbrook Bank who are firmly established in the town.

BFS is an independent small to medium enterprise (SME) funder and the UK’s largest independent invoice finance provider. Globally, the business’s funding capability amounts to more than £1 billion. The Brentwood office is home to funding and foreign exchange specialists, tasked with helping SMEs to grow through both domestic and overseas trade.

“Brentwood is a fantastic location as we expand in the future. With fantastic transport links to London and the South East, the Midlands, East and South of England, Brentwood is a strategically important location for us. In addition, Brentwood and the surrounding areas are a hotspot for enterprise, enabling us to expand our support for UK PLC at a time when many small businesses need a helping hand.”


Clare Jeffs, Head of North London Business Centre, Bibby Financial Services

Shawbrook Bank BrentwoodShawbrook Bank is a specialist UK savings and lending bank founded in 2011 to serve the needs of SMEs and individuals in the UK with a range of lending and saving products. Its personalised approach to lending has resulted in multiple awards such as Best Notice Account Provider for the fifth times in the last six years. The company finds their Brentwood location perfect for their business needs.

“Not only is it [Brentwood] close enough to London for regular meetings but it also has fast easy access to the rest of the UK so it’s easy to visit our network of brokers around the country. It’s a very attractive proposition to live and work out of the City and there is a really good talent pool in the local area”.


Fiona Cornes, Corporate Affairs & Group Marketing Director, Shawbrook Bank

Moving your business to Brentwood

INVEST Essex works with business partners to deliver support and guidance to businesses through every stage of a business relocation or expansion, from location assessment and business planning to project completion.

Contact INVEST Essex here to find out more about property, contacts and support if you are considering moving your business to an Essex location.

Source: Insider Media

Corinne Hearne
Corinne Hearne

Inward Investment Manager (London-Essex UK Finance Corridor)

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With over 25 years’ experience in the Financial Services and Global Relocation industries, Corinne has developed an extensive, specialist, commercial network and has successfully supported projects focused on the strategic development and growth of both overseas and UK companies in business, professional and financial services sectors.