A £1.16million flagship enterprise centre on the outskirts of Highbridge officially opened today (Wednesday 25 March).
There was ‘standing room only’ as entrepreneurs joined Somerset County Council’s Highbridge Enterprise Centre team, including Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership and South West Business Centres, for the event.
Highbridge Enterprise Centre champions high growth enterprises and drives business investment, and five companies are already based at the Centre.
Cllr David Hall, Somerset County Council Cabinet Member for Business and Inward Investment, said: “We all know that Somerset has a fantastic amount to offer to new and growing businesses, both inside and outside the county.
“Highbridge Enterprise Centre – which is Somerset County Council’s latest and fifth centre – is another crucial ingredient in that offer: a unique, flagship hub for like-minded, ambitious individuals and companies.
“It is a real achievement all-round, an emblem of our passion for championing and building on the dynamism, diversity, confidence and ingenuity of Somerset enterprise, and we look forward to watching it go from strength to strength.”
Leader of Somerset County Council, John Osman, declared the Centre open by unveiling the Centre’s official plaque.
Visitors were then free to tour the Centre’s facilities, from its business support hub and mixture of light industrial units, to its flexible offices.
Highbridge Enterprise Centre tenant, Duncan McLean, MD of Solec, said: “This really has come along at the right time to give me the opportunity to expand my business. The location, with the closeness to the M5 junction, is ideal.”
Chris Garcia, Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership’s CEO, added: “I am delighted to see the latest results of the Rural Growth Fund manifested as the new Highbridge Enterprise Centre today. It’s a real example of the partnership working we do so well here in the Heart of the South West, built, funded and managed by a combination of Somerset Council, HotSW LEP bidding and South West Business Centres’ management.”
Adrian Sheen of South West Business Centres said: “Our message to businesses is simple – get in touch, we could have exactly what you’re looking for.”