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Workspace spotlight: Enterprise Space for Advanced Engineering (ESAM)

Cornwall’s manufacturing, engineering and technology clusters are rapidly expanding across the region, and it’s thanks to innovative new workspaces like the Enterprise Space for Advanced Engineering (ESAM).

As the first phase of the new Carluddon Technology Park in St Austell, ESAM is a space designed to encourage innovation in manufacturing, engineering, and low carbon environmental goods and services, and support collaboration between organisations operating in those industries.

But, the space is being used for far more than its name suggests. While it’s designed with engineering-focused sectors in mind, it’s an adaptable workspace for any type of business – whether you’re a timepiece repairer or a large-scale branding and merchandise firm.

Renewed innovation on historic land

With 32 high-quality and adaptable business units – including offices, workshops, light industrial units, and hot desking facilities – ESAM’s workspaces can be flexed to your businesses needs.

ESAM’s management designed the building as a space to explore ideas, test products, and bring concepts to life. Its shared areas, breakout spaces, bookable meeting rooms and audio-visual conferencing facilities make it an ideal space for collaboration between teams, while it’s affordable hot desking provides options for ambitious entrepreneurs.

And for businesses looking to develop prototypes and establish small-scale manufacturing productions, ESAM’s industrial units are an ideal fit. The building’s site even has opportunity for businesses to expand their operations and build external units as they grow.

The facilities and support to accelerate growth

It’s not just the workspaces that makes ESAM such a compelling option for businesses – it also has all the key facilities and services business leaders need to succeed. With on-site car parking and electric vehicle charging for occupiers and visitors, superfast fibre broadband, and secure 24-hour access, the building has everything you’d expect from a modern workspace. And being conveniently located next to the A3/A391, it remains connected to the rest of the region and beyond.

The workspace also hosts dedicated support services set up to help businesses thrive at ESAM. The Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Growth Hub has an on-site office to help occupiers at ESAM find funding opportunities, export to the rest of the U.K and Europe, and strategically grow their businesses.

And like all buildings funded by the European Regional Development Fund, ESAM is listed as excellent under BREEAM standards due to its natural air conditioning, solar power, and low-carbon energy ratings – so your business can ensure minimal environmental impact.

It’s not just a compelling place to work either. ESAM is at the heart of the West Carclaze Garden Village, an exciting new community built on top of a history china clay mining site. It will share the space with an eco-town of 5,000 homes, complete with two solar farms, key facilities like a community centre and a 420-place primary school, and more than 500 acres of green space.

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A scalable workspace solution for a global brand

ESAM has been the perfect place for branding and merchandising company Fluid Branding to expand its team. With offices spread across the world in London, Amsterdam, China, and other locations, ESAM offered an ideal opportunity to establish Fluid Branding’s Cornwall office.

The company’s 20% year-on-year growth meant it needed an easily scalable workspace option, with all the facilities it necessary for serving its global customer base. ESAM’s industrial workshops and office units made it a suitable place to host the company’s design, creative, sales, and tech teams all under one roof – and the business support on-site has been critical to Fluid’s continued success.

“We are delighted that we reaffirmed our commitment to Cornwall and the St Austell Area – where it all started for us – by investing in this important move to our new headquarters at ESAM,” says Miles Lovegrove, Managing Director of Fluid Branding . “We gained our B Corporation certification in 2019, so the building’s modern design, energy efficiency and eco credentials reflect our brand values.  It’s a fantastic landmark building in an inspirational location which has allowed us to grow, think and to really scale up our plans for 2021”

Explore ESAM for yourself

If you think your business could find success at ESAM, or if you’re just looking to find out more about the workspace, visit the website or get in touch with Choose Cornwall at

And if you’d like to explore more innovative workspaces in Cornwall, speak to our team today – we’d love to help you find your perfect location.

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