Ten jobs have been saved and 200 enthusiastic musicians have sounded a note of celebration – thanks to a creative relocation move.
Nichola Beat, owner of The Music Tutor Ltd, and her team are once again hitting the high notes, after months of nail biting uncertainty, as plans for Lincoln’s congestion-busting East-West Link Road gathers pace.
With the possibility of compulsory purchase looming over her Tentercroft Street premises – part of Quantum House that will be demolished to pave the way for the new road – Nichola had almost despaired of finding new premises.
Then she was signposted to chartered surveyor Peter Banks at Banks Long & Co. An expert in the field of compulsory purchase, Peter was able to advise Nichola about her options and, ultimately, work with Lincolnshire County Council to find a solution.
The Music Tutor Ltd has now switched to Wyvern House in nearby Kesteven Street, in brand new premises tailored to its needs.
Nichola says: “It’s a great relief for me, my staff and our pupils. We are now looking to a brighter future and to offering even more lessons. It’s a fresh start after living with the threat of having to move for so long.”
She originally bought the business from Rose Music, when its owners retired and The Music Tutor Ltd had been based in Tentercroft Street since 2001.
Nichola has gradually introduced more lessons and pupils of all ages can learn piano, guitar, keyboard, drums, flute and clarinet. She also offers musical theatre and singing lessons and sells instruments.music books.
Many pupils work towards their London College of Music examinations and The Music Tutor Ltd is also an examination centre for the wider region, making it even more crucial that she made the right move.
“When a compulsory purchase became likely, I spoke to my landlord. He suggested I approach Peter Banks,” said Nichola. “Peter supported me all the way through. We looked at about 30 different places, but nothing fitted the bill. Ultimately, he negotiated with the county council and, together, they found me a great solution.”
Peter Banks said: “Nichola’s lease was running out and, with the threat of compulsory purchase, there was little time left to find an alternative site. I am a member of the Compulsory Purchase Association and have been dealing with compulsory purchase cases since 1969. With business tenants facing this sort of situation, it is not just a case of negotiating compensation, but working to find the best option for the long-term future of the affected business.
“Nichola needed to stay in the city centre to make life easy for her clients. She required ground floor, disabled access and soundproofed space. I talked to the county council and we are grateful that they commissioned the necessary alterations and that there should be no disruption to Nichola’s business.
“None of Banks Long & Co’s clients affected by the development of the East-West Link Road want to hold up this vital route. It is, however, our job to make sure they are properly compensated and that their business interests are protected,” added Peter.