Stour Valley Estates

Growth in essential work

While everyone seems to be talking about cuts and downsizing it is heartening to hear of a business that is actually expanding. Over the past five years Centrex Maintenance of Chartham, Kent has grown from nothing to a 50-strong workforce, and is now recruiting again.

“We specialise in those essential jobs that most people don’t give a second thought to – as long as they are done well, of course,” says managing director Toby Hutchinson. “We work across the whole of Kent’s highways, keeping them in good order. Everyday my team are out across the county litter picking, hedge cutting, verge strimming, setting out (and clearing away) cones and signs.

“We’ve successfully grown the business by instilling pride in doing a good job in our workforce. When we’re recruiting we’re looking for people who are hard-working and dependable. It may not be the most glamorous of jobs, but I believe we make a really positive difference to the experience of living in and visiting the county of Kent.”

Two and a half years ago Centrex Maintenance moved into their current home in a business unit on the Stour Valley Business Park, Chartham. “We chose this location because of its central position, with excellent links to the Kent road network. Both the M2 and M20 are easily accessible, and from there we can easily get to any other route on the Kent highways network.

Stour Valley Business Park is certainly proving a popular place for a number of businesses – the last remaining unit has just been let to a new tenant who will be starting up a micro brewery later in the year. “This is a really positive sign,” commented Simon Skelton, projects manager of Stour Valley Estates. “Luckily for anyone who might be interested in this business park we already have planning permission for a range of additional units on the site, and we’ll be taking a view shortly about when to begin construction.”

For more information about Centrex Maintenance please call 01227 731888.

Further details on the Stour Valley Business Park can be found at, or by phoning Property Manager Katie Dove on 01304 849210.


July 2010

Stour Valley Business Park, Chartham