Launch your business into space
There's an exciting new Space for start up businesses thanks to an innovative new concept launched by Wyre Forest District Council.
Space provides 7,000 sq ft of flexible workspace for businesses to start, develop and grow.
Creating a business centre for start up and growing businesses is a key milestone for Wyre Forest. The idea emerged from the State of the Area events held with local businesses in 2012 and 2013.
Space provides a flexible worksjpace for a variety of businesses.
Bev is enjoying her creative Space
“A real luxury for a creative person is to have a dedicated space to spread out your materials and let your imagination fly.” So says Bev Hampshire, business owner and designer who has moved into a workshop at Space, the business centre for new and growing businesses at Hoo Farm Industrial Estate, Kidderminster. With a dedicated creative space of her own, Bev is now exploring her creativity as well as making lampshades and cushions to sell in her retail shop in Worcester city centre.
“I had been looking for a space away from home where I could both store my work materials and focus on my work without distractions. A chance conversation in my shop in Worcester directed me to the new Space business centre where I was told there was flexible workshop space available. As soon as I saw this bright clean unit, I knew it was for me.
“One of the best aspects of the centre is the 24/7 access so I can work whenever I want. There is now a growing band of occupants in the building – all doing different things from supplying motorbike parts, a graphic design studio, a furniture upholsterer and a web designer. It seems that the building is attracting creative people from all sorts of sectors. I am impressed that Wyre Forest District Council has had the vision to create this centre where fledgling businesses can get off the ground and people like me can take the next steps in expanding their horizons.”
Space offers a range of sizes of workshop units so if you need more or less space over time, you can probably be accommodated. This is helpful for those of us who have ideas for doing other creative things, there is space to grow which always good news for creative people!
The rents are affordable and new businesses have a 50% reduction on the rent in the first year, and a 25% reduction in year two. My unit is not eligible for business rates, and my only other expense is the heat and light which is metered individually for each unit. There is free Wi-Fi in the building as well as plenty of parking – useful for when we have supplier deliveries.
I really look forward to coming into my own work Space and I’m already making plans to develop new ideas and creative projects over the coming months.
To contact Bev Hampshire please call 07887 369823.
Julia realises a motorcycle dream
When Julia Bishop from Bewdley made the life changing decision to give up her long term teaching assistant job in 2013, the pressure was on to find a base to launch her new motorbike parts business.
Julia said, “After years of being around motor bikes and having bikes of my own, my partner and I agreed that it was time to turn our interest into a business. We wanted to meet the local need for supplying parts for motorbikes of all makes and ages.”
We’ve been selling parts on eBay for a while, but many enthusiasts want to look and touch what they are buying – especially if they are restoring an older bike. Many of the older Suzuki, Honda, Yamaha and Kawasaki bikes have interchangeable parts. This means there are lots of parts around and lots of choices for buyers. We’ve been collecting parts and stripping down bikes for years, so we needed somewhere secure and spacious to house our growing stock.
Finding affordable premises that are modern, warm , dry and suitable for housing motorbikes and space parts was pretty challenging. We were really pleased when our business advisor - directed to us by the business support team at Wyre Forest District Council - suggested we look at the new Space business centre on Hoo Farm Industrial Estate.
Fortunately there was a workshop available that suited our needs and had secure outside space to store petrol, anti-freeze, and brake oil.
There was no need to put down a big deposit or commit to a long term lease which is reassuring when you are just starting out. The space we’ve opted for is ideal, and although we only moved in a few weeks ago, we’ve settled down really well and new customers are already coming to see us. Another benefit here is the 24 hour access to our unit, so if we want to work late or over the weekend, that’s fine. It’s good to be able to receive orders from suppliers at a professional address as it all helps to build your reputation – most of our business comes from recommendations and word of mouth.
Our plan is to build the business over the next few years so that we can hopefully move into a larger place of our own. This is a great stepping stone for us and the fact that we have a 50% reduction on the rent in the first year, and a 25% reduction in year two means that our overheads are manageable. We’re not eligible for business rates, and our only other expense is the heat and light which is metered individually for each unit. We use the free Wi-Fi for our computer and mobile phone. We couldn’t have done this without the help of Wyre Forest District Council and this Space centre, so we are really glad we took the leap and turned our interest into a business. We’ve called it Loose Nuts.
To contact Julia at Loose Nuts please call 07929 371474.
Adam has used his creativity to build a business
Whilst still at school, Adam Collins now aged 20, decided that he wanted to be his own boss and start a web design business.
Adam said “I’ve always enjoyed design and IT and I spent loads of my own time working up ideas on my Apple Mac. I knew that University wasn’t for me, and spurred on by encouragement from my family, I decided to take the plunge and start my own business. My first job was to building my own website. My first ‘proper’ client was a family friend who was a musician. From the start I really enjoyed the creative process of taking what a client told me about themselves and their aspirations, and then turning that into a website to provide a shop window for their business.”
The Pixel Stack, has gone from strength to strength and now, Adam has taken the next step to move into his own office. With more than 30 clients on his books there is a steady stream of working coming through the door.
Adam has chosen the Space business centre in Kidderminster as the new home for his growing business. He said
“I met an existing tenant at Space at a networking meeting who recommend it as a bight, modern place to work.. I came and looked round the building which has been created as a flexible work space for new and growing businesses by Wyre Forest District Council. Straight away, I could see that it would work really well for me. Not only was there an ideal sized office available and ready to move straight into, but the tenancy terms are very reasonable and flexible too, so I didn’t have to sign up on a long lease. I also love the idea that there are other start-up businesses working here. I can invite clients to come and see me and they are coming to a professional environment which I think is important as I grow the business. Another big advantage of Space is that you have your own front door key and you can come and go as you need to and there is plenty of free parking outside.”
“It has been hard work getting the business rolling and I have been fortunate to have the support of my family since I started. To others thinking of starting up their own business I would say, go for it! Be prepared to put a lot of hours in and keep at it. Trust that you have the ability to succeed and don’t be afraid to ask for help from organisations such as the Council.”
Plans for the future include the possibility of taking on an apprentice which is an exciting thought. When the time comes, I’ll talk to the Council about this as I know they provide support with apprentice schemes too.”
For more information or to arrange a viewing please call Julian Tanser on 07583 921333 or email firstname.lastname@example.org