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Citrus Service Group takes up residence at Portsmouth City Council's new enterprise centre

12 April 2024
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Citrus' new office inside the new enterprise centre - picture contributed
Citrus' new office inside the new enterprise centre - picture contributed

Facilities management firm Citrus Service Group has become the first company to move into Portsmouth City Council's new enterprise centre in commercial road.

The new centre can house 14 offices and has co-working space and refurbishment work at the site of the former Job Centre and Playland sites began in June 2023.

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"City Buildings Enterprise Centre is an exciting opportunity for Portsmouth’s city centre," said a council spokesperson.

"There is a real need for premises and to be located centrally close to all transport links.

"We offer favourable terms designed to support start-ups and small to medium sized business and welcome businesses from a variety of sectors, from film companies to surveyors to mechanics."

Liam Hibberd, operations director Citrus services, added that the firm, which now employs 314 staff across the UK and had outgrown its unit at Victory Business Centre in Fratton (another of the council's enterprise centres), was thrilled at the move.

"This location, in the heart of Commercial Road, offers not just a strategic advantage but also a vibrant community for our team," he said.

"Being part of this innovative space allows us to not only expand our operations efficiently but also to collaborate and grow alongside other emerging businesses. The facilities and support available here are exceptional, and we believe it will play a significant role in our growth and success."

Citrus services began as a small security company and grew via acquisition buying several cleaning companies, other security firms. In 2020, it acquired Portsmouth's longest running IT Service company.

For more on Portsmouth enterprise centres, see HERE.


Giles Gwinnett is a writer at The Business Magazine. He has been a journalist for more than 20 years and covered a vast array of topics at a range of media settings - in print and online. After his NCTJ newspaper training, he became a reporter in Hampshire before moving to a news agency in Gloucestershire. In recent years, he has been covering the financial markets along with company news for an investor-focused web portal. His many interests include politics, energy and the environment. He lives in Dorset.

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