Historical re-enactment company secures new base in founder’s home town

Jed Jaggard

An historical re-enactment company has secured a new home in Melton Mowbray after property specialists at Wells McFarlane brokered a lease for the company in just 17 days.

UP AN’ AT ‘EM! HISTORY provides history days, character portrayals and models for schools, museums, photoshoots, film and TV work.

Following a year of growth, the firm has taken a 1,159 sq ft unit at Rotherhill Business Park which will serve as its main operating base.

The premises encompasses office space, a YouTube studio, a training area, and storage space for props, costumes and equipment including an 1840s horse drawn fire engine and a 1930s auxiliary fire service trailer pump.

Jed Jaggard, owner and director of UP AN’ AT ‘EM! HISTORY, said: “Covid gave us a unique opportunity to step back and reassess goals, and our planning in that time resulted in a year of rapid expansion.

“What this meant, however, was that we were operating from three containers, a workshop and space at home, which was not ideal so we either had the choice to standstill or take the next step and secure a dedicated premises.

“Melton is my home town, and many of our clients are local so it made sense to start the search there. When we realised there was a unit at Rotherhill Business Park, it was the obvious choice. Well connected, it has excellent transport links, plus is fully managed and secure.

“We contacted Wells McFarlane to arrange a viewing and they responded superbly to the urgency of our situation, ably helping us complete the letting in just 17 days, which was an incredible achievement.”

Wells McFarlane director Jason Hercock added: “The speed of this transaction was really remarkable and demonstrates what can be achieved when all parties are highly motivated and work seamlessly together. The legal team on this deal, led by Abe Mee of Bird Duckworth Mee Solicitors was also exceptional, acting swiftly throughout to enable such a positive outcome. We look forward to seeing UP AN’ AT ‘EM! HISTORY’s continued success and growth.”

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