A new business center in one of the historic buildings in Staffordshire town center officially opens next month.
The Stafford Business Enterprise Center will open on Monday July 18 and Stafford Chambers of Commerce will be among the first occupants to move into the centre.
The Shire Hall business center in Stafford Market Square has benefited from a £2million refurbishment. A total of £1.6 million has been allocated to the project from the national Getting Building Fund through the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership.
The county council and Stafford Borough Council have also invested in the centre. It is located in the area at the rear of the building that once housed the city’s main library.
Like the County Council’s other business centres, it will provide office space, hospitality facilities, meeting space, networking opportunities and business advice and support.
Deputy Leader of Staffordshire County Council and Cabinet Member for Economy and Skills Philip White said: ‘We are delighted that the Shire Hall business center is soon to open and has already attracted many small companies and start-ups.
“The development of the business center is now complete. Interested companies can now contact the center management team to find out more and book a visit. I’m sure they will be impressed with the facilities, the setting of the building and its location.
“The Shire Hall is an iconic landmark in the heart of Stafford town center and we are delighted to have returned it to productive use for the community.
“Great attention has been paid to planning the future use of the hall and our evidence and research has shown that there is a need for provision in the city for small businesses. The business center is in the former library area at the rear of the building and includes all the facilities our target businesses will need. It follows the model of our other corporate centers with flexible rentals and an on-site support team.
“A thriving business center in the Shire Hall will benefit the wider town center economy and recent investment and planned regeneration undoubtedly make Stafford an attractive place to work and live.”