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New Home for Businesses in Whitehill and Bordon

Small businesses will soon have an exciting new choice of location when the BASE Bordon Innovation Centre opens later this year.

August 1, 2017

BASE Bordon Innovation Centre

The Business and Enterprise Centre, funded by the Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and the Homes and Communities Agency, will provide high quality space along with a range of support and training to help nurture businesses during their early days and offer flexible lease arrangements that can easily adapt as businesses grow.

The Homes and Communities Agency has undertaken extensive refurbishment works of the former sergeant mess at its Louisburg Barracks site, to create the new hub for businesses and have appointed Oxford Innovation to run the facility.  The Centre, to be called “BASE Bordon Innovation Centre” will provide new jobs alongside the new housing.

The Centre is due to open in autumn 2017. Interested businesses should contact Stephen Brownlie, BASE Bordon Centre Director, Oxford Innovation (s.brownlie@oxin.co.uk).

Kevin Bourner for the HCA said:

“As owner of the site, the HCA has invested heavily to kick start the regeneration of Whitehill and Bordon. Getting this Business Centre up and running will be a key milestone in delivering the new homes, jobs and skills that Whitehill and Bordon needs. It is really heartening to see an historic building re-purposed to provide a facility that will help the community grow and flourish, encouraging local businesses and creating jobs.”

“We are delighted to have been appointed to manage BASE Bordon Innovation Centre, and to have this opportunity to assist local businesses to succeed. To grow an innovative company, you need a certain kind of space and support, and we believe that if you’re a budding start-up or SME (small/medium-size enterprise) then this cutting-edge modern space would be an ideal home for your business. It has been a fantastic project from inception through to delivery, and it has been an absolute pleasure to work with all partners to bring their vision to life. We look forward to the centre becoming a flagship for enterprise and business growth in the area.”

Jo Willett, Director, Oxford Innovation 

Geoff French, CBE, Chair of Enterprise M3 LEP said:

“Whitehill and Bordon is undergoing a major economic regeneration that will significantly increase the supply of housing units in the area. We are pleased to be supporting this regeneration with the delivery of employment spaces at BEC, which will complement other infrastructure to create a thriving community, attract investments and strengthen the employment credentials of the area.”

“Our investment in the BEC, will create synergies with the new Enterprise Zone in Whitehill and Bordon. This will help deliver on our Strategic Economic Plan to harness the growth potential of Step-up Towns, and create the conditions for SMEs to thrive.”

Geoff French, CBE, Chair of Enterprise M3 LEP

Ferris Cowper, Leader of East Hampshire District Council said:

 “The major housebuilding programme in Whitehill and Bordon is a huge boost to the local economy, but houses alone are only part of the answer and we need jobs as well. We are delighted to be working with HCA and other partners to bring about this exciting and innovative Business and Enterprise Centre which will provide these vital new jobs to the town.

“For many years the plea from the public has been to bring jobs and infrastructure along with housebuilding. The Whitehill and Bordon regeneration is setting the pace with this type of integrated development. Our long term partnerships with the Homes and Communities Agency and the Local Enterprise Partnership in Whitehill and Bordon have been pivotal in achieving this level of excellence which is admired on a national scale.”

 

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