A commercial deal completed by award-winning Chartered Surveyors and Property Consultancy, Wells McFarlane in just 17 days has secured a new hub in Melton Mowbray for historical re-enactment company, UP AN’ AT ‘EM! HISTORY.
Specialists in providing history days, character portrayals and accurately dressed models for schools, museums, photoshoots, film and TV work, UP AN’ AT ‘EM! HISTORY has taken a 1,159 sq ft unit on the town’s popular Rotherhill Business Park. After experiencing significant expansion in the last 12 months, UP AN’ AT ‘EM! HISTORY’S Owner and Director, Jed Jaggard urgently needed a centralised base.
“Covid gave us a unique opportunity to step back and reassess goals, and our planning in that time resulted in a year of rapid expansion,” explains Jed. “What this meant, however, was that we were operating from three containers, a workshop and space at home, which was not ideal so we either had the choice to standstill or take the next step and secure a dedicated premises.
“Melton is my home town, and many of our clients are local so it made sense to start the search there. When we realised there was a unit at Rotherhill Business Park, it was the obvious choice. Well connected, it has excellent transport links, plus is fully managed and secure. We contacted Wells McFarlane to arrange a viewing and they responded superbly to the urgency of our situation, ably helping us complete the letting in just 17 days, which was an incredible achievement.”
UP AN’ AT ‘EM! HISTORY will now use Rotherhill Business Park as its main operating base, encompassing office space, a You Tube studio, training area, plus storage for props, costumes and equipment including an 1840’s horse drawn fire engine and a 1930’s auxiliary fire service trailer pump.
Jed continues: “The new premises has allowed us to implement proper operational/delivery procedures while also providing adequate space to train casual and seasonal workers as required. I can focus more on client account management and business development, so it’s put us in a healthy position to achieve our five-year growth plan.”
Wells McFarlane’s Director, Jason Hercock negotiated the deal, commenting: “The speed of this transaction was really remarkable and demonstrates what can be achieved when all parties are highly motivated and work seamlessly together. The legal team on this deal, led by Abe Mee of Bird Duckworth Mee Solicitors was also exceptional, acting swiftly throughout to enable such a positive outcome. We look forward to seeing UP AN’ AT ‘EM! HISTORY’s continued success and growth.”
Established in 2010, UP AN’ AT ‘EM! HISTORY has over 300 character portrayals, ranging from Romans, Vikings and Medieval Knights to explorers, astronauts and WW2 pilots.