Business hub welcomes new companies

Blackpool’s Enterprise Centre has welcomed more new businesses through its doors in the last six months.

Since September, two new businesses have moved in and four businesses have expanded their presence.

The centre in South Shore is designed to meet the needs of young, growing and established businesses, whether working from home, moving to a first office, or looking for space to expand.

The stunning glass fronted three-storey building is home to a vibrant business community. It offers fully equipped conference and training facilities, shared and managed business services, spacious office accommodation and provides a prestigious yet affordable location for businesses.

PHX Training is one of the most recent companies to take make the hub its home. The business, which employs nine people at the Lytham Road centre, moved in at the start of 2017 after being impressed by the “dynamic and positive impact” the facilities have on developing businesses in Blackpool.

With seven centres stretching from Carlisle to Southport, PHX Training chose the location to help deliver courses to the unemployed; helping them gain a foot in the door with employers and flourish as self-employed people with a vision of growing their own business.

Set up in 2004, the company has helped hundreds of people gain employment by offering a variety of courses through Learn Direct and other government-funded initiatives. Their Blackpool base delivers courses in maths, English and IT skills which are used by individuals to boost their employability chances in their chosen career.

Cllr Mark Smith, Cabinet Member for Business and Economic Development, said: “Blackpool Council’s Enterprise Centre continues to go from strength to strength. It is a wonderful facility for both new and expanding businesses.

“It’s good news to see so many businesses and organisations are choosing this location in the heart of Blackpool. The facilities and office services that it provides are first class and it offers a place in which both people and companies can really develop and prosper.”

Dan Scott, managing director, PHX Training, said: “The building is fantastic and really caters to what we need as a training provider. Some people can be very intimidated about learning a new skill so we wanted it to be a welcoming environment and, from the moment you set foot into these managed offices, you get that sense.

“The Enterprise Centre’s flexibility is also key to business success. They listen to your needs and don’t tie you in to long-term contracts like some places do. They create an ideal working environment to allow your company to thrive.

“If I had to give any advice to businesses out there that are looking for the next step then I wouldn’t have any hesitation at recommending the Enterprise Centre as an option for them to look at.”