Haag-Streit confirm departure from Edinburgh Way office in Harlow
Business / Sun 11th Jun 2023 at 09:02am
HAAG-Streit UK (HS-UK), the leading manufacturer and distributor of gold-standard diagnostic and surgical devices and instruments for ophthalmologists, optometrists, and orthoptists, today announced the move of its UK headquarters from Harlow to Bishop’s Stortford.
The new location is 10 miles away from the previous Harlow office, which the company had occupied for more than 30 years. The new premises comprises two buildings that are close to road and rail links, just off the M11 motorway and a stone’s throw away from Stansted airport.
The HS-UK headquarters includes an open-plan office able to accommodate the team and a dedicated Academy space. The logistics and service team will be located in a separate warehouse facility. The company was pleased to donate furniture from the old office building to local Harlow schools and charities, and new furniture was sustainably sourced. Both new facilities will benefit from solar energy and electric car charging spaces.
Dean Johnson, HS-UK Managing Director, said: “This is a very exciting time for HS-UK as we move into our new home in Bishop’s Stortford. The new offices are very well located and have a more modern look and feel. We look forward to welcoming both customers and colleagues for meetings, as well as inviting delegates to attend training in our new dedicated Academy space.”
Sadly yet another business leaving Harlow. Due to the new location most staff won’t lose their jobs. Another clear example of the failing economic big plan under this Tory council. Losing local jobs and opportunities is moving us in the wrong direction.
How is it, that Harlow, with new business science parks should not have succeeded in retaining here what is obviously a gold standard and long established Harlow company? Might the relevant Council portfolio holder and our MP have something to say on the matter?
Looks like the financial incentives of the enterprise zone are not outweighing the gridlocked traffic, potholed roads and low educational attainment. The LGA Corporate Peer Challenge feedback report in section 4.5 stated: "The proportion of the population aged 16-64 qualified to at least Level 2 was the poorest (2021)" when compared to 15 other similar local authorities. See page 21 of LGA report at https://www.harlow.gov.uk/sites/default/files/documents/LGA%20Corporate%20Peer%20Challenge%20report.pdf
So how many people lost thier jobs as the other thread what appeared to be employers where very touchy. Does the council and MP for the town have a statement no thier failure to attract and keep them here