NOw three years-old, Berwick WorkSpace, managed by Northumberland Business Service Limited (NBSL), continues to draw in new and innovative businesses.
Following on from its success, three Berwick businesses, Servitir SLU 2000, Demon Information Systems ltd and Northern Lab Ltd have moved into their own premises on the Ramparts Business Park.
Berwick WorkSpace remains Northumberland’s newest and most northerly business incubator, and it continues to see a major increase in companies moving to the centre.
During the last few months six new companies have moved in, which takes the centre’s overall occupancy to over 80 per cent.
These new companies are: AAB Design Ltd, a design agency that has relocated from central London; Mint Energy, a company specialising in wind energy which has moved to Northumberland from central Scotland; Europa Shipping, specialising in both international shipping and freight forwarding; OH3, who specialise in occupational health; The Peacock Office, run by Gary Wyse, which delivers civil engineering and planning projects and works internationally as far away as Australia, and Nae Feart Ltd, run by designer Victoria Rushworth, which specialises in activity branded ethical clothing ranges.
Centre manager Andrew Martin said: “We are increasingly more aware that entrepreneurs are choosing to relocate to Berwick, or initiate new companies here. They have realised that Berwick provides an excellent access point to the economies of Newcastle, Edinburgh and the Tweed Valley, as well as benefiting from excellent connectivity. We are very fortunate to be able to provide the right type of accommodation and support to allow these companies to achieve their ambitions for growth. We are proud of their impact on the local economy.”
Many of these new companies have stated that it is Berwick’s unique semi-rural environment that provides a quality of life at work coupled with the connectivity of the centre and its proximity to Newcastle and Edinburgh, that makes it such an attractive offer.
Operated by NBSL and Northumberland County Council, with help from the European Community, Andrew Martin believes that in the current economic climate Berwick WorkSpace has an even greater role to play in the town’s economic regeneration today.
In addition to providing office space, Berwick WorkSpace provides access to support and networks. In the short time that it has operated, it has received phenomenal recognition and won numerous awards.
It is now the base for 27 businesses supporting over 120 employees, and the meeting and conference facilities are used by businesses, both within and outwith the centre.