A new business center in one of the historic buildings in Staffordshire town center has opened.
The Stafford Business Enterprise Center has already welcomed its first tenants, including the Stafford Chambers of Commerce.
The Shire Hall business center in Stafford Market Square has benefited from a £2million fit-up.
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.
Deputy Leader of Staffordshire County Council and Cabinet Member for Economy and Skills Philip White said: ‘It’s fantastic to see the Shire Hall open for business and with the first tenants ready to make the most of it. advantage of the superb facilities.
“The reopening of the Shire Hall as a thriving business center is exciting for Stafford and will play an important role in the wider regeneration of the town. This is an iconic landmark in the heart of downtown Stafford and we are delighted to have returned it to productive use for the community.
“Great attention has been paid to planning the use of the hall as a business center and our evidence and research has shown that there is a need for provision in the city for small businesses and start-ups. -up. It follows the model of our other corporate centers with flexible rentals and an on-site support team.
“This project has been a real success and we have worked closely with colleagues from LEP and the Borough Council to bring it to fruition. The Shire Hall refurbishment will complement other projects across Stafford, including plans for Eastgate, Market Square refurbishment, the Gateway project and the regeneration of the High Street.
Alun Rogers, chairman of the Partnership for Local Businesses in Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire, said: “The Building Fund is for projects that are ready to start and can make a difference as soon as possible. Our investment in transforming the former Shire Hall library space into a hub of enterprise and collaboration will help us meet the needs and demands of modern business operations and support local start-ups.
“Our ambition is for the new business center to provide the right environment for innovation and entrepreneurship, and we look forward to seeing a thriving center in the heart of Stafford.