Stevenage was Britain’s first new town, and was built to an inspirational and robust design, including the first pedestrianized shopping centre in Britain. Its goal was to give generations of people and businesses the foundation to build the futures that they were all striving for. That ambition still holds true today, and is something we are driven to be a part of as we search for a like-minded, ambitious business person to take Pitman Training to the town.

Stevenage offers a wide range of commercial property, premises and office space for growing businesses in Hertfordshire. The town is within close proximity to London which with its good transport links between the capital and the airports makes it popular place for businesses. However the main pull is that commercial rates tend to be considerably cheaper than that of its neighbours London or Cambridge. These two factors alone make the town a very appealing place to set up your business, so we are confident that the right partner can make Pitman Training Stevenage a huge success.


In recent years Stevenage has attracted quality new investment in retail and leisure at the West Gate Centre, the Forum and the Plaza and at all three of the major retail parks on the edge of the town. Currently there is an opportunity for major redevelopment to realise the wider potential of the town centre to include:

  • New shops and potentially a major new department store
  • Improved access and upgraded public spaces
  • New bus station and town centre car parking.

These new development plans make an ideal opportunity for a new business start-up in the area as they should only increase the popularity of the town. Pitman Training Centres thrive alongside retail businesses so a vibrant town centre with plenty of footfall should go hand in hand with our business.

On the whole, Stevenage has a growing and diverse business community ranging from highly skilled world class local businesses through to fast moving innovation and technology-led start-ups backed by an extensive business community. Examples of businesses in the town are, GSK, Airbus Defence & Space, Fijitsu, The Wine Society, MBDA, DuPont, AVC and Beattie Brothers, to name a few.


Franchise Type: New

Cost of Investment: £40,000+

Average Total Investment: £70,000 – £100,000 (varies based on start-up costs)

Estimated Turnover: £POA

Population: 231,471*

Capture Areas:

  • Stevenage Town Centre
  • Hitchin
  • Welwyn Garden City
  • Letchworth Garden City

The sale includes:

  • A 5 year franchise agreement
  • Full training on all aspects of owning a Pitman Training Centre, including sales, marketing and the product
  • Pitman Training  website
  • A centre start up pack

*Approx. figures - franchise fees are determined by population in postcode areas so postcode area can be negotiable.