December 10, 2016
£490,000 expansion for Highbridge business centre coming in 2017

New businesses and jobs are on the way for Highbridge next year with the expansion of the town’s Enterprise Centre.

Planning permission was recently approved to add three more light industrial units on the site which is already home to 17 businesses and 25 jobs.

Jointly funded by Somerset County Council and the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership, the £490,000 expansion is scheduled to be completed by September 2017 and will provide 234 square metres of new space.

"This is excellent news for Highbridge and for Somerset," Councillor David Hall, Cabinet member for Economy and Inward Investment, told "Supporting more businesses in the community will mean more jobs in the local area."

"Small businesses are the engine of the Somerset economy - it’s where most of our growth comes from. Finding the right sort of space is a real barrier to these businesses setting up and expanding, which is why we have established the Enterprise Centre network across the county."

"I look forward to this project’s completion and seeing what new and exciting businesses make their home in Highbridge."

There are 17 businesses already based at Highbridge Enterprise Centre, including Puddy Vehicle Solutions, this year’s winner of a 'New Business of the Year Award' at Somerset Chamber of Commerce Business Awards.

The owner, Marcus Puddy, said: "Moving into the Enterprise Centre has allowed me to bring on an additional employee to support the continued growth of the business. Being in nice, friendly, accommodating facilities, the Enterprise Centre allows you to talk to like-minded people and support each other through those growth challenges."

"I have also experienced the opportunity to network in and around the area. They support you with breakfast meetings and allow you to understand what is happening in and around the community. The Enterprise Centre has exceeded all my expectations and brought about some really good professional relationships."


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