09:14, 2 August 2013.
A £199,000 scheme featuring eye-catching wooden ‘pod’ offices was launched at Wooler’s Cheviot centre this week to encourage local business start-ups.
Glendale Gateway Trust received the funds from the North East Local Enterprise Partnership to create and run the new Smart Work Hub for its first two years.
It has created three small offices for young businesses and businesses moving from home; three hot desks in an office that can be booked by private businesses, public services, or voluntary organisations; and three pod offices for start-up business.
26 March 2013
New and growing enterprises in the Wooler area will soon be able to benefit from exciting new facilities at the town’s Cheviot Centre.
A new enterprise hub has been made possible through a grant of £200,000 from the North East Rural Growth Network towards the Glendale Gateway Development Trust’s innovative project.
The plans include converting existing building space into three small office units and a training room; installation of three wooden office pods in the grounds; and the introduction of three hot desks to promote remote and agile working for local employees and people who are self-employed.
The new accommodation will provide excellent facilities for start-up businesses and those looking to graduate from a home working environment in the Wooler and Glendale areas.
The Glendale Gateway Trust is inviting the public to help fund nine affordable homes for the elderly in Wooler.
The Trust is buying the former Abbeyfields Home building off the High Street, and will be acquiring part of the former Wheatsheaf hotel on the High Street.
When converted into flats, the two properties will provide nine affordable homes for rent. The intention is to give priority to older people in the locality.
Wooler’s newly expanded Cheviot Centre now provides a range of business facilities, thanks to the North East Rural Growth Network.
Whether you want a hot desk, a personal office pod for one or two people, a private meeting room or larger delegate facilities, The Cheviot Centre has a work space that is suitable.
Glendale Gateway Trust, the local community development trust, received £199,000 of public sector funding from North East Local Enterprise Partnership to build new offices and a training room and to run the new Smart Work Centre for the first two years.