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High fives for Henstead Arts and Craft Centre with business boost

PUBLISHED: 10:07 23 September 2016 | UPDATED: 10:07 23 September 2016

New business units have been opened at the Henstead Arts and Crafts centre. Jem Carter who runs a Gym at the craft centre.

PHOTO: Nick Butcher

New business units have been opened at the Henstead Arts and Crafts centre. Jem Carter who runs a Gym at the craft centre. PHOTO: Nick Butcher

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Since the recession, the economic climate has seen many independent businesses cease trading.

New business units have been opened at the Henstead Arts and Crafts centre.

PHOTO: Nick ButcherNew business units have been opened at the Henstead Arts and Crafts centre. PHOTO: Nick Butcher

But one rural community will this weekend buck the trend when five new businesses open at an arts and craft centre.

Henstead Arts and Craft Centre, in Toad Row, has already has a diverse selection after opening with 10 workshops and retail units in April 2007.

The original units were converted from redundant farm buildings previously owned by Mr Baxter’s father.

But from Sunday (September 25) it will be bolstered by a new cardio and resistance gymnasium, a vintage bookshop, a wedding events unit as well as a photography studio.

Richard Baxter, 48, owner of Henstead Arts and Crafts Centre, said the site had become “a community hub - particularly The Shed Café, which is a point of contact for members of the community.”

The centre now boasts 16 units, all occupied - “which must mean we are doing something right!” Mr Baxter said.

“The new courtyard is lovely and hopefully these businesses will give us a boost, as people still do not know we are here,” he added.

Jeremy Carter, from Fitness Solutions - one of the new businesses on the site - said: “It gives people the opportunity to try and look at something different.

“There is a great selection of traders with interesting products and services for sale.”

The new business units will be officially opened between noon and 4pm on Sunday.

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