Birth­day cen­tre boom­ing

Stockport Times West - - BUSINESS -

THIS week the Stock­port Business and In­no­va­tion Cen­tre (SBIC) in Red­dish has cel­e­brated its first an­niver­sary.

Now host­ing 34 busi­nesses, up from the orig­i­nal 14, the popular hub has es­tab­lished it­self as the go-to fa­cil­ity for startups in Stock­port.

Stock­port Coun­cilowned SBIC, based in Broad­stone Mill, and part­funded by the Euro­pean Re­gional De­vel­op­ment Fund, pro­vides flex­i­ble of­fice space specif­i­cally aimed at start-up busi­nesses look­ing to make their first move into pro­fes­sional of­fices.

It also of­fers men­tor­ing and business in­cu­ba­tion ser­vices to help and support busi­nesses as they grow.

Com­pa­nies from a range of in­dus­tries in­clud­ing hu­man re­sources, soft­ware, web de­sign, cre­ative and pro­fes­sional ser­vices have moved onto the site.

Ox­ford In­no­va­tion, which runs the cen­tre on be­half of Stock­port Coun­cil, spe­cialise in cre­at­ing col­lab­o­ra­tive, nur­tur­ing com­mu­ni­ties around the UK. It’s a re­fresh­ing ap­proach which not only helps the busi­nesses them­selves, but en­cour­ages trad­ing be­tween them.

This is cer­tainly great news for the cen­tre man­age­ment team led John Booth and Tony Cor­co­ran who have breathed new life into the site.

James Barr, from ten­ants Zoom Me­dia, said: “SBIC have cre­ated an en­vi­ron­ment that our staff en­joy be­ing in.”

For more in­for­ma­tion about SBIC con­tact John Booth on 0161 443 4100 or email stock­port@oxin.co.uk

Stock­port Pres­i­dent of Greater Manch­ester Cham­ber of Com­merce

SUE SOUTER

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