Small businesses will soon have an exciting new choice of location when the Whitehill and Bordon Business and Enterprise Centre (BEC) opens later this year.
The Business and Enterprise Centre, funded by the Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and the Homes and Communities Agency, will provide high quality space along with a range of support and training to help nurture businesses during their early days and offer flexible lease arrangements that can easily adapt as businesses grow.
The Homes and Communities Agency has undertaken extensive refurbishment works of the former sergeant mess at its Louisburg Barracks site, to create the new hub for businesses and have appointed Oxford Innovation to run the facility. The Centre, to be called “BASE” will provide new jobs alongside the new housing.
The Centre is due to open in autumn 2017. Interested businesses should contact Stephen Brownlie, BASE Centre Director, Oxford Innovation (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Kevin Bourner for the HCA said:
“As owner of the site, the HCA has invested heavily to kick start the regeneration of Whitehill and Bordon. Getting this Business Centre up and running will be a key milestone in delivering the new homes, jobs and skills that Whitehill and Bordon needs.
“It is really heartening to see an historic building re-purposed to provide a facility that will help the community grow and flourish, encouraging local businesses and creating jobs.”
Jo Willett, Director, Oxford Innovation said:
“We are delighted to have been appointed to manage BASE, Bordon Innovation Centre, and to have this opportunity to assist local businesses to succeed.
“To grow an innovative company, you need a certain kind of space and support, and we believe that if you’re a budding start-up or SME (small/medium-size enterprise) then this cutting-edge modern space would be an ideal home for your business.
“It has been a fantastic project from inception through to delivery, and it has been an absolute pleasure to work with all partners to bring their vision to life. We look forward to the centre becoming a flagship for enterprise and business growth in the area.”
Geoff French, CBE, Chair of Enterprise M3 LEP said:
“Whitehill and Bordon is undergoing a major economic regeneration that will significantly increase the supply of housing units in the area. We are pleased to be supporting this regeneration with the delivery of employment spaces at BEC, which will complement other infrastructure to create a thriving community, attract investments and strengthen the employment credentials of the area.”
Geoff added: “Our investment in the BEC, will create synergies with the new Enterprise Zone in Whitehill and Bordon. This will help deliver on our Strategic Economic Plan to harness the growth potential of Step-up Towns, and create the conditions for SMEs to thrive.”
Ferris Cowper, Leader of East Hampshire District Council said:
“The major housebuilding programme in Whitehill and Bordon is a huge boost to the local economy, but houses alone are only part of the answer and we need jobs as well. We are delighted to be working with HCA and other partners to bring about this exciting and innovative Business and Enterprise Centre which will provide these vital new jobs to the town.
“For many years the plea from the public has been to bring jobs and infrastructure along with housebuilding. The Whitehill and Bordon regeneration is setting the pace with this type of integrated development. Our long term partnerships with the Homes and Communities Agency and the Local Enterprise Partnership in Whitehill and Bordon have been pivotal in achieving this level of excellence which is admired on a national scale.”
Notes to Editors:
· The centre has been funded by the Enterprise M3 LEP and HCA and is being built by the HCA to ensure it is ready as the first homes are available.
· The HCA chose to refurbish the old Sergeant’s Mess, responding to the local communities request to keep the military heritage on the site whilst providing flexible and modern office accommodation. The building is almost complete and due to open in 2017.
· The HCA is due to start early works and marketing larger employment sites in 2017 to support larger businesses in the town.
About Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership:
Enterprise M3 is a business-led Local Enterprise Partnership, one of 38 in England, which is working to secure economic growth at sub-national level. We bring together leaders from the business, public and not-for-profit sectors and provide the vision, knowledge and strategic leadership needed to drive sustainable private sector growth.
Our aim is to create the foundations on which our businesses can flourish. We strive to improve business productivity, increase jobs and maximise the number of businesses operating across Enterprise M3. We have a particular focus on improving trade links working with Invest in Surrey and Invest in Hampshire.
The Enterprise M3 LEP area stretches from the hinterland of London to the New Forest covering mid to north Hampshire and South and West Surrey. The LEP area brings together business leaders from 14 district authorities across two counties and has four major interconnected urban centres known as ‘Growth’ towns: Woking, Guildford, Farnborough and Basingstoke and five ‘Step-up’ towns: Staines-upon-Thames, Camberley, Aldershot, Whitehill and Bordon and Andover.
The councils involved in the Enterprise M3 LEP are:
· Hampshire County Council
· Surrey County Council
· Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council
· East Hampshire District Council
· Elmbridge Borough Council
· Guildford Borough Council
· Hart District Council
· New Forest District Council
· Runnymede Borough Council
· Rushmoor Borough Council
· Spelthorne Borough Council
· Surrey Heath Borough Council
· Test Valley Borough Council
· Waverley Borough Council
· Winchester City Council
· Woking Borough Council