A NEW business venture in Leominster, dubbed as a "new era of health services" should create jobs within the next six months.

Independent therapists joined forces with project manager Charlie Bruce, from Bruce Howes Limited, to move into a refurbished building in Leominster town centre.

The firm asked Herefordshire Council if it could put up a new sign at 17 West Street for a sign for The Body Clinic, which was approved.

A planning statement submitted as part of the application said the Covid-19 pandemic brought an "urgent requirement" for therapists to change how they work, and some could be left behind in a move towards a "more digital business climate".

The partnership between Luana Howes and Joanna Bruce saw their businesses come together under one roof.

The building in West Street, which was vacant since last being used as offices, has seven rooms for other independent therapists to hire.

The statement added: "It is hoped to partner with other West Street businesses to create a local destination quarter for people who want to explore a healthier lifestyle.

"Other neighbouring health-focused businesses include Nitty Gritty (wholefoods), Lloyds Chemist, Specsavers and a new Thai food outlet.

"It is hoped to collaborate jointly in marketing this area to new and existing visitors."

Market research from Bruce Howes Limited showed there was a need to open a centre and rent spaces to therapists, the statement said.

"The business intends to generate four new jobs (2.5 whole time equivalent) in te first six months to run the building as well as expanding the workload of new, re-locating and existing therapists," the statement said.

"It is hoped to be a catalyst for generating an attractive new health quarter in the middle of Leominster."