Tech company makes move up the A14 as part of modernisation plans

DDS Digital Dispatch new home at LDH House, in St Ives.

DDS Digital Dispatch new home at LDH House, in St Ives. - Credit: Archant

As business rates increase in Cambridge, one company has seen the potential that the ever-growing A14 corridor can offer.

DDS Digital Dispatch, which has been based in Bar Hill since 1992, moved its operations to St Ives Business Park as part of its modernisation plans.

The company, which provides vehicle fleet routing and dispatch software to taxi operators and local authorities, now has premises that “a 21st century technology company could wish for” with open plan and modern offices that reflect the change in technology.

Since being founded more than 24 years ago, the company has seen a change in the way it operates in terms of the technology used to communicate between fleets of vehicles and the main operator, requiring a certain specification of office, to now using cloud-based software

Andrew Cindrey, director of finance and operations for DDS’ European activities, said: “Whilst the costs, both financially and in business disruption, cannot be ignored when relocating, the benefits of partnering with the right agent to find the ideal premises brings enormous rewards in terms of employee welfare, engagement and enthusiasm, not to mention the positive impact on client impressions when visiting.”

The move, which took place late last month, was brokered by St Neots based Barford + Co.

Felicity Paddick, chartered surveyor, said: “With the cost of commercial property in Cambridge rising at a staggering rate, businesses are increasingly looking to neighbouring towns including St Ives, Huntingdon and St Neots, which offer competitive accommodation at reduced rates as well as convenient locations for major trunk roads including the A14, A1 and M11.

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“Businesses seeking to retain a Cambridgeshire location, without the city centre price tag, are spoilt for choice with a range of business parks and industrial estates in towns along the A14 corridor which offer high quality premises for a fraction of the cost.”