Enterprise Centre East Northants celebrates major milestone

10 June 2020

Construction on the flagship Enterprise Centre East Northants has been underway since summer 2019, and this week East Northamptonshire Council celebrated a major milestone – officially receiving the keys to the centre.

Leader of East Northamptonshire Council, Cllr Steven North and Chairman of the Enterprise Centre Working Party, Cllr Glenvil Greenwood-Smith, marked this moment at the site on Monday (8 June) with representatives from ASHE construction, SEMLEP and BizSpace attending a handover the key ceremony.

Leader of East Northamptonshire Council, Cllr Steven North, said: “We have been working with our partners to deliver this flagship project since last summer, and we are delighted to see the hard work of all those involved come to fruition as we celebrate this major milestone.

“We would like to thank ASHE for all their hard work as we officially receive the keys for the buildings and transfer the day to day operation to BizSpace.

“We look forward to opening the centre this summer, and working with local enterprises over the coming years to not only succeed in their fields, but to also lead and drive economic recovery across our district.”

Business Development Director at ASHE Construction, Andrew Morris, said: “We are delighted to have been involved in the realisation of this fantastic project. Now, more than ever, flexible workspaces such as these will offer start ups and established companies environments in which they can grow and work differently.

“Whilst new businesses might see this as a first step into an office/workshop environment, more established businesses may see these premises as an opportunity to maximise their new ways of flexible working between employees homes and an established office set up. Whoever they maybe these buildings offer the very best accommodation in which they can nurture and grow their operations.”

Lucinda Young, SEMLEP Programme Contracts Manager said “Enterprise Centre East Northants will undoubtedly have an important role in helping local businesses to grasp opportunities as we respond to current economic challenges.

“Having worked so closely to the team delivering the Centre, I’m really proud to be here today celebrating this important milestone with them.”

Khalid Aziz, Marketing Director at BizSpace, said: “SMEs make an important contribution to the economy of East Northamptonshire and the Enterprise Centre marks a significant step for the area. These uncertain times emphasise the need for flexible workspace and this centre can accommodate the region’s SMEs and entrepreneurs as they sculpt their businesses to a new working culture, in a safe and secure space.”

ASHE construction has been constructing the offices and studios, completing the project on the 2 June whilst continuing to work safely throughout the pandemic following government guidance and carrying out regular risk assessments. ENC is working with Total Project Integration (TPI) and R H Partnership Architects to deliver the £8 million project. ENC, which is funding the project, received £1.695 million support from the SEMLEP’s Local Growth Fund in order to deliver the centre as part of Enterprising East Northants, the council’s economic plan for sustainable job creation and business growth.

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