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Affordable business space now available

27th June 2011 By Phil Rose in Community Land Trusts, News

Community land trust development managerMiles Ward Court in Halesworth is a former hemp store that was refurbished by Foundation East to offer local people affordable workspace. Current occupants include Apparition Marketing and the charity Suffolk Artlink, both of which are thriving despite the economic climate.

The old warehouse near the market square was refurbished by Foundation East in association with local community partners to create workspaces, and a couple of units and a shop are now available on low risk 'easy in/easy out' terms.

Miles Ward Court consists of eight small business units. Each unit is around 200 square feet and the rents range from £150 to £175 per month. Tenants can also book a shared meeting room which seats up to 20 people and they have access to free or low-cost business support links. The building next door is also owned by Foundation Easy and has a community shop and two flats. The shop is now available for £200 per month.

The idea behind the development was to help local people set up businesses, so it’s very rewarding to see them grow. Suffolk Artlink, for example, has gained more funding and expanded.

Several of the other tenants are self-employed people who find that Miles Ward Court offers a professional working environment with a business address and access to a meeting room for client visits. This flexible workspace is an ideal first step so we’re looking for small businesses which will really benefit from the units.

In the case of Suffolk Artlink, moving into Miles Ward Court gave them the space they needed to grow. There had been four of them crammed into one room in their old office, so they needed more space. However, it was important for them to stay in Halesworth where they had built up relationships with people. For them, Miles Ward Court was a perfect opportunity, partly because of its accessibility to people with disabilities.

If you are interested in office space in Miles Ward Court please call 0845 2937751 to speak to me or email info@foundationeast.org.

Phil Rose, Community Land Trust Development Manager

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    Phil Rose

    Phil Rose

    Former Community Land Trust Development Manager