BUSINESS continues to boom at Tamworth Enterprise Centre (TEC) since the opening in June 2017, helping to create a thriving community of flourishing small business, both within the centre and across the wider town.
Housed in the former Philip Dix Centre in Corporation Street, the state-of-the-art business centre provides modern serviced offices to rent, well-appointed meeting rooms for hire, an executive business lounge, virtual offices with registered business address, conference facilities, broadband, Wi-Fi, interactive TVs and much more.
Over two years on from its official opening on July 22, 2017, and the Tamworth Borough Council facility continues to be successful, as do the businesses which use it. All 16 offices are fully let to 14 businesses and around 45 people work from the hub each day. The centre’s three professional and affordable meeting rooms can be booked by any businesses and are used regularly for meetings and training sessions.
Tamworth Enterprise Centre’s suite of serviced offices were snapped up immediately once the doors were open, having met an unexpected level of demand for professional yet affordable premises located in the heart of Tamworth town centre.
The centre continues to go from strength to strength, both providing and adapting services to meet the needs of local businesses, but also enhancing the reach of the wider Economic Development and Regeneration Service (EDR). This also includes working with local property agents to give advice on how to improve other office space facilities in the town.
The TEC receives an average of four tenancy enquires a month for small office space. It is evident that the town centre location, with the proximity to shops, parking and rail connections, is a large factor to demand as well as office quality, security and transparent pricing – all which the TEC provide.
Businesses within the building are able to take advantage of a range of support services and training sessions available; resulting in an improved and valuable business community, that work together to share services and advice.
Although all the office space is fully let, there are still registered business addresses available and the suite of meeting rooms, with interactive screens and Wi-Fi, can easily be booked by businesses looking for a town centre venue at: www.tamworthenterprisecentre.co.uk/meeting-rooms.
The centre also hosts regular events, workshops, training days and networking sessions, which are open to all businesses. For more information, please visit www.tamworthenterprisecentre.co.uk/info-and-events.
The creation of Tamworth Enterprise Centre was the first completed phase of a £6.1million scheme to develop an Enterprise Quarter in the Corporation Street.
The Enterprise Quarter is a joint project between Tamworth Borough Council and Staffordshire County Council, which has received additional funding, including £2.95million from the Local Growth Fund, through Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership.
Cllr Jeremy Oates, Cabinet member for Heritage and Growth at Tamworth Borough Council, said: “We were confident that such a facility would be welcomed in Tamworth, but we underestimated just how great the demand was. The centre has been incredibly successful in supporting the creation and growth of small businesses.
“The TEC has enabled some businesses to take the important step of acquiring premises for the first time, while others have been able to grow and take on more staff since moving to the centre. It’s great to hear they are also taking advantage of the range of business support services on offer and working with each other.
“As well as creating a strong community of businesses working together, the centre is also helping to boost the town centre economy overall, with the tenants, their customers and visitors using town centre facilities such as restaurants, shops and hotels. It’s also led to the creation of other similar serviced office space by private landlords in the town, to hopefully create a thriving local economy of flourishing small businesses.
“There is much on offer at the centre, whether it’s a venue for regular training sessions or occasional team meetings, a professional business setting in which to meet a client, or a registered business address – it’s there for all to use at affordable rates.”
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