Boost for Marlborough start-up businesses

By Anita Jaynes on 9 December, 2015

A partnership between George Estates LLP and The Enterprise Network Swindon and Wiltshire has helped create more space for start-up and growing small businesses at Marlborough’s Elcot Business Park, creating 29 jobs.

George Estates received a significant grant from The Enterprise Network towards the refurbishment and renewal of the Park’s facilities.

George Adams, Managing Partner of George Estates, said: “The money allowed us to crack on with the building work at a much faster pace and to undertake more extensive improvements – and to create a communal networking room which is at the heart of The Enterprise Network’s own Enterprise Centres.

“Work has just finished and the new workspaces and offices are almost full. Fourteen of the businesses are start-ups – many of whom were working from home before – and five businesses have moved here in order to expand their enterprises.”

Kate Forrest, Manager of The Enterprise Network, a £5.2m initiative led by Wiltshire Council with Government and EU funding to support small and start-up businesses, said: “TEN has opened four of its own Enterprise Centres but we also wanted to help other workspace hubs and business centres to expand to attract micro and growing businesses.

“We successfully bid for a total of £1m from Defra’s Rural Growth Network with support from the Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership (SWLEP) to help this expansion,” she added.

“In addition we have supported the development of a new network of business hub owners who are working together to share best practice, enhance their offer to customers, and promote small business growth in Swindon and Wiltshire.”

Workspace hubs and business centres which have received funding through The Enterprise Network include:

·  Wiltshire College’s 3D Enterprise Centre received just over £162,000 to help create a technology-focused hub offering 3D design and prototyping facilities for small businesses to use
·  The Glove Factory, Holt near Trowbridge is using almost £160,000 to extend its site to create offices for 20 start-up and growing small businesses
·  Butts Business Centre, Chisledon will expand to include two additional light industrial units and an office for hot-desking, using its £106,000 grant
·   Eleven new business units – perfect for start-ups – have been created within the historic Shambles Market Hall in Devizes with a grant of £102,000

Other plans still in the pipeline include the conversion of part of the Old School at the new Tisbury community campus (near Salisbury) into a business incubation space for start-up and growing small businesses.

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