Recruitment Firm moves into the Long Mill

A DERBY IT and engineering recruitment firm has revealed plans to take on more staff next year after moving to larger premises inside an historic mill building.

East Midlands Business Services (EMBS) has moved into Long Mill, at Darley Abbey Mills, having outgrown its existing base in Friar Gate.  As a result of the move, the company will next year be looking to increase its head count from 19 to 29.  The business has taken an entire floor at one of the mills, which has 4,000 sq ft of office space.

Work to transform the semi-derelict space, which was last used in the 1960s, started in the summer.  The project has been carried out by Patterns Properties, the company responsible for bringing much of Darley Abbey Mills back into use.

Simon Bucknell, a director at EMBS, said: “We’re delighted to be a part of the ongoing development of Darley Abbey Mills – one of the first factories in the world. As we recruit within advanced manufacturing and technology we love the idea that we are based in one of the original mills.”

Today, the company, which has a turnover approaching £4 million and works with a number of web, digital and IT companies, as well as advanced manufacturers in rail and aerospace.

Graham Bancroft, Partner at BB&J Commercial, which let the premises to EMBS, said: “After agreeing the letting prior to the refurbishment approximately nine months ago it is great to see EMBS moving into the Long Mill and the exciting opportunities it opens up to the company.

“The development is a completely unique and iconic setting for businesses and the configuration of the space makes it perfect for businesses seeking the highest standard of business services within a truly stunning environment.

“The World Heritage Site setting of the mills have made the development a prestigious and popular location for business to work in, especially the creative industries.

“The popularity of the development is shown by the fact that nearly all the space is taken, with only one floor of the Long Mill left along with two self-contained offices becoming available in the new year.”

For further information on the available space at Darley Abbey Mills please contact Graham Bancroft on 01332 292825 or


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