End of Year Director’s Message from Fred Wilson: A Hopeful Look to 2024

Looking ahead to 2024 with unwavering optimism, it’s only natural that we reflect on the year that has passed, especially with the exciting additions that have enriched our community.

In stark contrast to the uncertainty of the past, we find ourselves in a time filled with abundant reasons to celebrate. The only bubbles on our minds are the ones found in our favourite beverages, not the ones that used to define our social circles!

Natural world publicity

We’ve witnessed a remarkable connection with the natural world, with shows like Clarkson’s Farm and the mesmerizing narratives of David Attenborough guiding us towards more informed choices. But that’s not all! The arrival of The Larder at Burrough Court, the sister cafe to The Larder in Oakham. This addition takes our catering offering up a level, treating our community to even more culinary delights and putting us on the local map.

Resilience from recession

Contrary to the media’s gloomy predictions, we stand resilient and far from a recession. Forward-thinking businesses have boldly charted their paths, demonstrating unwavering commitment to a brighter future. It’s as though the long-awaited changes, previously simmering on the backburner, have finally found their moment to shine.

Hybrid working model

The concept of working from home has evolved into something more enchanting – a hybrid model that seeks “premises with benefits.” Businesses are increasingly drawn to commercial spaces that offer not just functionality but a profound sense of place, with a strong focus on environmental, social, and governance (ESG) principles.

At our business park, the sense of community, both big and small ‘c’, is palpable. People greet each other with warm hellos, share their time generously, and embrace a true neighbourhood spirit. And now, we’re excited to introduce Paws in the Park at Burrough Court – a 2-acre secure dog field where people can exercise their dogs with total peace of mind. It’s yet another way we’re fostering a sense of belonging and community within our grounds.

Full commercial occupancy

Moreover, as we toast to a very happy and healthy New Year, we are overjoyed to share that we’ve achieved full occupancy across our commercial properties. It’s a testament to the vibrant and thriving environment we’ve cultivated here at Burrough Court, where businesses find their perfect home and flourish.

With the echoes of Brexit and the pandemic slowly fading into the past, the present feels comfortably stable and sustainable. The whispers of an impending election may arise, but they are overshadowed by those who believe that commercial life persists, resilient in the face of political complexities.

A hopeful look to 2024

In 2024, we anticipate a future filled with hope, even as external support appears to wane. Particularly in the East Midlands economy, the outlook for our services shines bright. We can only hope that more will share the sentiment expressed earlier this year: “Why work from home when you can work at Burrough Court? I love it here!” It’s truly heartwarming to witness customers forming emotional connections with commercial property – a sentiment we could not have anticipated!

As we raise our glasses to a joyful and healthy New Year, we eagerly welcome the possibilities that 2024 holds. Cheers to an extraordinary year ahead, filled with the delicious offerings from The Larder, the joyful playtime at Paws in the Park, and our commercial properties buzzing with vibrant businesses!

Fred Wilson


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