WHEN Huntingdonshire's ec-onomy relies on small firms for 90 per cent of its employment and needs thousands more jobs to provide work for a rapidly-expanding population, successful firms need new premises to grow into. Business parks in the district have been growing rapidly to accommodate the demand, and it is comforting that a home-grown developer is at the forefront of satisfying the needs created by expanding local businesses. At the heart of the formula developed by Artisan (UK) Developments Limited - a principal subsidiary of one of Huntingdonshire's very few plcs - is the flexibility to build speculatively or to order, and to offer clients the choice of renting their new premises or buying the freehold. With many of its clients on business parks in Huntingdon, St Neots, St Ives and beyond being companies with just 10-30 employees, it was natural for ADL, as the Hunts Post Business Awards' newest sponsor, to want to put its name behind the New Business Award for 2007. Many of the district's rapidly-growing companies already run their enterprises from premises provided by Artisan, which also has a house-building subsidiary operating primarily in the East Midlands. The group's confidence was boosted recently by an announcement shortly before its June 30 year end that expected performance to exceed market expectations when it reported on its latest 15 months' activities. Changes in the market in recent months led the group to reconsider its previous policy of selling on the freeholds of leased premises in favour of holding onto them as landlord. It has created a new subsidiary. Supporting enterprise in the community through sponsoring the award makes good business sense for Artisan, said chief executive Chris Musselle.