At Sorbon Estates, 'Independently minded' is our ethos. As an independent, privately owned company which grew from humble beginnings nearly 50 years ago, we appreciate the challenges that independent businesses face on a daily basis, particularly if they are just starting out or have a small team.
Over 70% of tenants within our property investment portfolio are independent businesses operating in a wide range of locations across the Thames Valley and Greater London. We take our responsibility to our tenants very seriously: we invest in property improvements and work with tenants to enhance their commercial space wherever possible.
With retail making up a good proportion of our portfolio, independent retailers are of particular importance for us as they bring differentiation and variety to the high street. High streets and shopping centres face increasing competition from online retail, and customers now expect a different experience when venturing out of their homes to visit brick-and-mortar stores. Independent retailers offering original products which may not even be available online, help to create a vibrant destination retail environment, alongside the more recognisable national brands.