A new enterprise hub, made up of smaller units ideal for fledgling businesses, was officially opened last week.
MP Sir Alan Beith was on hand to do the honours at Alnwick Enterprise Hub, which was set up in partnership with the North East Rural Growth Network and is part of the Northumberland Estates’ development at Cawledge Business Park.
Ted Salmon, vice-chairman of the Rural Growth Network Steering Group, said: “Clearly a lot of hard work has been done to make sure that the facilities are not only well-suited to the needs of a range of local businesses, but they are also offering flexible terms and are pro-actively encouraging networking between the businesses – a positive approach that demonstrates Alnwick is definitely a good place to be doing business.”
The hub is intended to help rural entrepreneurs access high-quality business accommodation in north Northumberland and, with much of the available space already let, this has been a great success.
It has involved sub-dividing two units into 12 high-specification offices, which are available on flexible terms for a minimum of six months.
Michael O’Driscoll, senior surveyor at Northumberland Estates, said: “The Alnwick Enterprise Hub concept was a direct response to market demand. We were receiving inquiries for small, flexible suites, but could not accommodate them within our existing portfolio.
“As well as offering a modern and corporate working environment to rural SMEs, the incorporation of communal facilities promote a real sense of business community and added value.”
Northumberland County Council’s policy board member for regeneration, Coun Allan Hepple, added: “This scheme shows that, with the right design and flexible operational arrangements, we can provide the right conditions in Northumberland for new businesses to grow and prosper.”