Successful first year for White Horse Enterprise Centre

By Anita Jaynes on August 08, 2014

It has now been a year since the White Horse Enterprise Centre in Trowbridge was launched. So far, six local businesses have moved into new offices at the Enterprise Centre while the well-equipped meeting and training rooms are proving very popular with local businesses and organisations.

The Enterprise Centre – one of four across Wiltshire – is part of The Enterprise Network (TEN), a £5.2m initiative led by Wiltshire Council with Government and EU funding to support start-up and growing small businesses.

Since TEN launched, 35 people have been helped to start a new business, more than 120 existing businesses have received free, expert support and advice, 42 women-led enterprises have had support and 65 new jobs have been created across Wiltshire.

Businesses based at White Horse Enterprise Centre include HR specialists MB Reward & HR Solutions Ltd, first aid and health and safety trainers Ontime Medical Event & Training Services Ltd, Homes Caring for Autism, Amageo Ltd which offers design and management of information systems for highways assets and geotechnical data, Green Deal advisors The Warmer Group Ltd and WSP Groupa professional services firm working with architects, planners, businesses and governments.

Gloria D’Aubney, co-ordinator of the White Horse Enterprise Centre, said: “Many of our tenants are business people who have, until now, worked from home. But their businesses are growing, so they need a more professional base. Our offices, which can be rented per desk for a month at a time, are proving very popular and we are also offering a new ‘book a desk’ facility which gives complete flexibility to businesses not quite ready to rent a full-time office but want to book a desk when they need it.

“TEN also offers all local businesses virtual office facilities on top of free, impartial, business support and advice, access to grants to help businesses to grow, and a range of business seminars and networking workshops which Wiltshire Business Support Service runs for The Enterprise Network.”

After years of juggling a London commute with working from home in Wiltshire, Human Resources specialist Malcolm Bond decided to put down business roots in the new White Horse Enterprise Centre. “I used to work from home, but I was spreading from the study into the dining room, so I knew I finally needed to get my own office,” said Malcolm from Steeple Ashton. “Even more valuable is the networking opportunities the Enterprise Centre offers and the free business advice I get from Wiltshire Business Support Service is excellent.”

Tony Daly from Amageo Ltd had been thinking about renting an office for a while before coming to look around the Enterprise Centre. Tony, aged 47, from Seend Cleeve near Melksham said: “I like the individual offices, and the communal networking space, and I felt the rate was very competitive. I’m really pleased I took the decision to move to the White Horse Enterprise Centre and would recommend other businesses to come and take a look. I now feel confident to grow my business knowing I have everything I need.”

To find out more about the White Horse Enterprise Centre see http://www.theenterprisenetwork.co.uk/enterprise-centres/trowbridge.html or call 01225 355553, email whitehorse@theenterprisenetwork.co.uk to make arrangements to have a look around.