£1.16m business enterprise centre opens its doors in Highbridge
brand new £1.16million business enterprise centre on the
outskirts of Highbridge was officially opened by the County Council
on Wednesday (25th March).
and business people from across the area joined Somerset County
Councils Highbridge Enterprise Centre team, including Heart
of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership and South West
Business Centres, at the opening.
Enterprise Centre on the Isleport Business Park aims to promote
local firms and business investment, and five companies are already
based at the centre.
Cllr David Hall, Somerset County Council's Cabinet Member for
Business and Inward Investment, said: "Somerset has a fantastic
amount to offer to new and growing businesses, both inside and
outside the county."
Enterprise Centre which is Somerset County Councils
latest and fifth centre is another crucial ingredient in
that offer: a unique, flagship hub for like-minded, ambitious
individuals and companies."
is a real achievement all-round, an emblem of our passion for
championing and building on the dynamism, diversity, confidence
and ingenuity of Somerset enterprise, and we look forward to watching
it go from strength to strength."
of Somerset County Council, Cllr John Osman, declared the centre
open by unveiling an official plaque.
He said the centre is aimed at start-up businesses, with eleven
modern, purpose built offices that are available for lease. Each
office costs £266 per month and includes WiFi (via 50Mb
fibre optic broadband), plus light, heat and business rates, and
a VoIP phone, office furniture and free car parking.
Enterprise Centre tenant Duncan McLean, MD of Solec, said: "This
really has come along at the right time to give me the opportunity
to expand my business. The location, with the closeness to the
M5 junction, is ideal."
Chris Garcia, Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnerships
CEO, added: "I am delighted to see the latest results of
the Rural Growth Fund manifested as the new Highbridge Enterprise
Centre today. Its a real example of the partnership working
we do so well here in the Heart of the South West, built, funded
and managed by a combination of Somerset Council, HotSW LEP bidding
and South West Business Centres management."
County Councillor John Woodman added: "This centre is superb
for Highbridge, creating new jobs and bringing new business to
the town - it's great to see it open and the first businesses
up and running."
Town Centre Manager Bev Milner Simonds, who attended the opening,
said: "I hope that the centre attracts new businesses into
the area and helps those already trading grow. The addition of
the Enterprise Centre into the mix of units available in the area
is a positive step for Burnham and Highbridge."