A “special buzz” has been created at a centre in Worksop aimed at growing small businesses thanks to a new café which has opened as part of a £270,000 facelift.
The work has helped create an even more vibrant atmosphere at Worksop Turbine Innovation Centre – which is managed by Oxford Innovation on behalf of Nottinghamshire County Council.
It is the first time the centre has had a café for two years, and the new venture has created a new business and three jobs. The purpose-built eatery is helping to further encourage collaboration between entrepreneurs.
The investment from the County Council has also funded a larger conference room at the centre based in Coach Crescent, Shireoaks and a new 742 sq ft office to extend the number of serviced office spaces and workshops for growing and start-up businesses to 58. The improved conference centre seats up to 70 people, replacing the smaller 50-seat room previously used for events, and has the potential to earn the County Council up to £20,000 a year.
Claire Gregory, Centre Manager at Worksop Turbine Innovation Centre, said: “We’re very proud of what we do at the Innovation Centre to nurture the job creators of the present and future, but we’re still constantly striving to further improve the services we offer.
“The new café has only been open for a few weeks and has already created a special buzz adding to the already vibrant atmosphere, while the conference room, which can be spilt into two, offers dynamic options for businesses wanting to stage small or large events or workshops.”
A special launch ceremony was held on Thursday, June 29, to mark the official opening of the café and new-look conference facilities after four months of building and development work, with resident businesses, council representatives and members of the region’s business support community all attending.
Councillor Reg Adair, Deputy Leader of Nottinghamshire County Council, spoke at the event and said: “I’m delighted to see this investment in Worksop Turbine so that it can continue to help local businesses develop in a supportive environment. More than 220 people are employed by the 39 tenant businesses at the Turbine, including 37 new jobs created over the last 12 months which is testament to its on-going success. Out of small acorns come sometimes very large businesses and that’s what they can inspire here.”
David Pearson, Director of Partnerships and Membership Services at East Midlands Chamber, also addressed the audience. He said: “It’s essential for a small town like Worksop to have growth facilities and, from what I know of the centre, they are doing a great job.”
Fellow speaker Craig Hall, Managing Director of Ortus Group – which provides deliberation and pre-hospital and advanced vehicle monitoring services – moved into Worksop Turbine Innovation Centre after launching his business in 2011 from a standing start and now turns over £9m, operating from five units at the centre spanning 3,000 sq ft.
He said: “From being a one-man band starting up it was challenging but you have someone here offering support and who you can bounce ideas off. They have been brilliant for my business.”
The nearby business community as well as members of the public have been invited to use the café.
The centre offers hot desks, virtual office support and office space from £325 plus VAT per month. The centre also provides on-site business growth coaching services and training workshops for resident businesses.
For more information, call on 01909 512 100 or visit www.worksop-turbine.co.uk.