Stockport Business & Innovation Centre Unveils New Look
Over 100 leading business figures attended the unveiling of the new-look Stockport Business & Innovation Centre (SBIC) in Broadstone Mill.
The Centre, which provides flexible office space and meeting facilities for start-ups alongside business mentoring and incubation services, has undergone a significant refurbishment.
It follows the arrival of the new management team from Oxford Innovation, specialists in running business and innovation centres across the UK.
Owned by Stockport Council and part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund, the Centre welcomed business leaders and Stockport dignitaries, who were then given a tour of the facilities and were introduced to the new SBIC team, led by Centre Manager John Booth.
Speeches were made by Eamonn Boylan, Chief Executive of Stockport Council, entrepreneur Paul Yates and the Managing Director of Oxford Innovation, Chris Allington, setting out the opportunity for entrepreneurs and young businesses in Stockport.
John Booth, Centre Manager of SBIC, said: “The re-launch marks an important new phase for the centre, with an experienced team at the helm.
Coupled with the support from business leaders as part of our Business Incubator Service, we feel the Centre offers a great starting point for young businesses.”
David Coulter of HR Heroes, a tenant of the SBIC, said: “We were attracted to the centre by the business support and competitive pricing of the office space, as cost is such a key factor when you’re starting up.
“We’re delighted with the investment that has been made in improving the facilities and hope it will attract other like-minded business here who can also benefit from the services available.”
John Booth again: “One of the things we have seen in other Centres is a growing spirit of collaboration as businesses with a similar entrepreneurial outlook find themselves as neighbours and become very useful to each other.
“They trade and co-operate on joint work tenders – it makes for an extremely dynamic and fast-growing environment – that’s the aim for SBIC.”
The Centre also announced free membership to the Engine House, an informal business lounge facility with Wi-Fi and refreshments available to members on a drop-in basis.
John again: “We want all local businesses to feel welcome to use this unique space for meetings or just to have a coffee.”
Councillor Iain Roberts, Executive Member for Economic Development and Regeneration at Stockport Council, added: “The office space has been refreshed and redesigned to provide the flexibility, inspiration and practicality that fledgling businesses need to operate effectively and ultimately succeed. The Centre will become a focal point in Stockport for young entrepreneurs.”
For more information about Stockport Innovation Centre contact John Booth on 0161 443 4100 or email [email protected] – Tony Corcoran, Incubation Director at SBIC, David Coulter and Caroline Wood of HR Heroes and John Booth, Centre Manager at SBIC