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  • It’s a double! Two new deals signed at ex-emmerdale mill

    Two successful companies have signed deals at the thriving Sunny Bank Mills, the iconic Yorkshire mill, between Leeds and Bradford.

    The deals underline the renaissance of Sunny Banks Mills in Farsley, where YTV’s Emmerdale and Heartbeat were filmed.

    The new tenants at Sunny Bank are Just Lovett Design and Enlightened IT Services. They have both moved into the recently-refurbished Red Lane Mill, which is now full.

    Sami Lovett, the managing director of Just Lovett Design, commented: “Sunny Bank Mills have a great reputation for providing great spaces for creative businesses in the Leeds and Bradford area. The Mill is its own hub; there is so much there for so many people. The cafes and restaurants are great and the gallery is also lovely. The mill is a great destination place.


    “This new location is perfect for my business. I am a Bespoke Product Designer Maker.  I work with businesses and individual clients to design and hand-make bespoke products that ca be branded or personalised. I am moving the business from my Leeds home to Sunny Bank Mills. This gives me the opportunity to grow the business and I will be running workshops in Laser Cutting and DIY skills.


    “The landlords, John and William Gaunt, have been great. I met with John in February to discuss a space in the mill and he was very supportive and understood exactly what I needed. I am very happy with the service I have received from the Gaunts,” she added.


    Meanwhile Darren Hamblett of Enlightened IT explained: “We have been to Sunny Bank Mills several times as we have existing clients here and always loved the look of it. For us, security is of key importance due to the nature of our business. Sunny Bank Mills offers security and protection throughout the night.


    “We are an IT Support company that supports businesses around the globe. Our old offices are been turned into flats so this was an unplanned move; however we are now glad we made the move here.


    “The landlords pulled out every stop to help us move in.  They even managed to bring the moving in date forward to meet our leaving date from our old premises. We can’t thank them enough,” he added.




    During the past seven years the multi award-winning Sunny Bank Mills, one of the most famous family-owned mills in Yorkshire, has been transformed into a modern office complex for the 21st century. It is now home to more than 70 companies, who employ a total of 355 staff.

    It is also a best-practice case study in a report “Engines of Prosperity”, on the conversion and regeneration of West Yorkshire’s textile mills prepared by Cushman and Wakefield on behalf of Historic England.

    John Gaunt, joint managing director of Edwin Woodhouse, the owners of Sunny Bank Mills, commented: “The recent lettings emphasize our focus on achieving a really vibrant mix of occupiers at Sunny Bank Mills. Sami from Just Lovett Design is full of energy and, through her workshop programme, will bring a new audience of makers to the mill. Enlightened IT have a superb IT skill set which offers a one-stop shop for all business IT issues. They are a great asset for our tenants.”

    He added: “The refurbished 1912 Mill, where Heartbeat and Emmerdale were filmed, now has a number of quality occupiers, but 16,000 sq ft of very flexible Grade A office space is available to lease”.


    For further information, please contact Robert Beaumont of Robert Beaumont Associates on 01423 323139 or 07710 127713