A BUSINESS centre aimed at smaller firms is facing a bright future following a £500,000 refurbishment.
The cash has been invested over the past year in the Hartlepool Workshops by owners Bizspace, one of the UK’s leading providers of managed workspace.
The workshops, located on Usworth Road Industrial Estate, comprise 32 single-storey units for lease, ranging from 300 to 7,000 sq ft and including industrial, office and studio space.
There are meeting, interview and training rooms, on-site administrative and clerical support, CCTV monitoring of the site and secure parking.
The building dates from the 1940s and a large part of the investment has been on repairing the roof, which had been increasingly prone to leaks.
As previously reported in the Mail, innovative Italian technology has been used to encase the roof in a new waterproofing system.
The centre’s main reception area has also been fully refurbished and several of the business units have been completely redecorated and fitted with new lighting systems.
Two thirds of the units are occupied – ranging from manufacturing firms to training organisations – and Bizspace recently welcomed its latest occupier, call centre Apple North-East, which is expanding from Tyneside.
The seal was set on the latest improvements when Councillor Pamela Hargreaves, Hartlepool Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Development, and Andrew Jordan, Bizspace’s Centre Manager, performed a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Andrew Jordan said: “We have just installed a state-of-the-art roofing system from Italy, believed the first of its kind in the UK, and we’ve upgraded the interior of the building. We are confident that this will help to attract small businesses and jobs to the region.”
Councillor Hargreaves added: “Given the pressures faced by our economy both locally and nationally, it is more important than ever to support new and small firms.
“Managed workspace like Hartlepool Workshops takes away many of the day-to-day administrative headaches, allowing firms to get on with the job of developing and selling their products and services.
“I am delighted that Bizspace is making such a substantial investment in its Hartlepool units – it’s great news for existing occupiers and prospective customers alike.”
For more information about the Hartlepool Workshops, contact Andrew Jordan at Bizspace on 07891 007568 or email Andrew.firstname.lastname@example.org