Charity’s new HQ helps create the silicon suburb
AN EMPLOYMENT charity’s new headquarters is helping to turn Finchley into the “silicon suburb”, according to a former minister.
Lord Livingston said the area of north-west London deserved the status after the opening of Work Avenue’s new building — the Wohl Enterprise Hub.
Boasting three floors of offices, meeting rooms and a kosher café, the facilities would allow the charity to help up to 6,000 members of the community start new businesses, or advance their careers over the coming year.
Lord Livingston, a Trade and Industry minister in the Coalition government, said the hub, on the site of the former Finchley Central Synagogue, would make it easier for people “to help themselves, so in turn they can help not just themselves, not just the Jewish community, but the wider community and country as a whole”.
Work Avenue executive director Shraga Zaltzman said the new building was a huge improvement on the charity’s former premises.
He said: “Making a living, starting a business or getting a job is not easy, so the more support we can give for people to do that the better.”
In 2015 the charity helped around 1,500 people find a job, found 105 summer placements for students, and provided business support for hundreds of entrepreneurs as well as government start-up loans.