Ludgershall couple Zoe and Guy Tucker are having a double celebration – not only have they just got married, but they’ve moved their software design business out of their home and into their first office.
Guy, a software engineer specialising in creating bespoke IT data solutions for businesses, set up Clearly Software last year, and initially used the virtual office facilities at the Castledown Enterprise Centre in Ludgershall.
“As a new business, I wanted to create the right impression, and originally we thought we would not be able to afford an office, so we started using the Enterprise Centre’s virtual office and business address service,” he said. “But we soon realised the down-side to working from home is that you don’t really ever stop. We took some business advice about renting an office – just a small one, perfect for just the two of us – but we were surprised how difficult it is to find small offices, and how expensive. Then we realised the solution was right under our noses!”
Castledown Enterprise Centre has offices with one to five desks – perfect for start-up and micro businesses – available to rent for only £50/desk per week. Tenants can also use the communal networking area to meet clients, have the use of an additional meeting room – and get free business support.
Now Guy and Zoe have moved in to their own two-desk office at Castledown Enterprise Centre and are enjoying a better work-life balance.
“At the end of the working day, we can now lock the office and go home,” said Zoe. “It means Guy actually stops work at a reasonable time and we can enjoy time at home rather than constantly working late into the evenings. We’ve only just moved in, and it already has changed our mindset. I think it will be much more productive working in an office than at home.”
Castledown Enterprise Centre is one of four Centres run by The Enterprise Network Swindon and Wiltshire, a £5.2m initiative led by Wiltshire Council with Government and EU funding.
The Enterprise Network is nurturing new and growing small and micro businesses by supporting them right from the first ‘light bulb’ moment. In addition to affordable offices, it also offers meeting rooms, co-working and networking opportunities alongside free, impartial, business advice.
To find out more about Clearly Software visit: www.clearlysoftware.co.uk
For more about The Enterprise Network (TEN) vist: www.theenterprisenetwork.co.uk