28th April 2011, 3:15pm
Full house shows Enterprise@Lincoln means business
Enterprise@Lincoln A new business hub built to support Lincoln’s up-and-coming enterprises has passed a major milestone – reaching 100% occupancy just over a year after opening.

The Enterprise@Lincoln building at the University of Lincoln has just welcomed its latest tenant, graphic design firm Pop Design Agency. The company is the ninth firm to move into the centre’s offices.

Enterprise@Lincoln opened in November 2009 as the new physical hub for the University of Lincoln’s employer engagement activities.

Director of Policy and Enterprise Strategy, Gary Cook, said: “It is great to see the University hosting so many businesses and having such a positive effect on Lincoln’s economy.”

The £3.2m building, part-funded by the East Midlands Development Agency (emda) and Lincolnshire Enterprise, offers state-of-the-art office space for small businesses. Located in the heart of Lincoln with excellent access to local amenities and transport links, the centre boasts fine eco-friendly credentials as the first BREEAM ‘Excellent Rated’ building in the city, complete with photovoltaic panels and a green sedum roof.

Telephone line rental, high-speed broadband, use of high-spec meeting rooms with full audio/visual suites and networking areas are included in the office rental price.

Pop Design Agency chose Enterprise@Lincoln because of the simple pricing, high-tech facilities and expert business support offered to tenants. They also highlighted business support such as mentoring, funded by the University, as fundamental in the development of their company.

Creative director Simon Smallwood said: “Things like the internet and phone line are all sorted, allowing us to pay one bill and concentrate on running our business. Getting access to a mentor has also been really beneficial.”

The company has made the move from Sparkhouse Studios, the University’s business incubation unit which neighbours Enterprise@Lincoln. Sparkhouse provides a base for new start-ups to find their feet before moving into mainstream commercial premises. It opened in 2002 and now provides office space and intensive business support for 20 fledgling businesses. It has been recognised as a 'Best Practice' incubator by UK Business Incubation and emda.

Vicky Addison, Centre Manager for Enterprise@Lincoln, said she was delighted to have reached a full house of business tenants six months ahead of target.

She said: “It’s great that the University has such a wonderful facility to offer new and early start-up businesses.”

Despite reaching full capacity, Enterprise@Lincoln still has space in its business incubation centre, Sparkhouse Studios. Local companies and new start-ups are encouraged to get in touch to discuss the support available at the centre. For more information, contact Vicky Addison by phoning 01522 837214 or emailing vaddison@lincoln.ac.uk
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