From the autumn, the University Business Centre will be based at Piece Mill in Halifax, situated next to the historic Piece Hall, which is currently undergoing a multi-million pound transformation programme and will re-open later this year. For Calderdale businesses wishing to benefit this summer from Leeds Beckett business advice along with professional training and development and access to knowledge transfer and research expertise, the centre is currently based within Dean Clough Mills at the Halifax Courier’s offices.
As Jesse Stott, Business Co-ordinator for the University Business Centre in Halifax, explained: “We are incredibly excited to move into our permanent home at Piece Mill later this year, but already many Calderdale businesses want to engage with us. We are delighted to base ourselves on a temporary basis with our media partners Johnstons Press at Dean Clough and look forward to working with them and other businesses in the region as we open our doors on 24 July. We welcome interested businesses and entrepreneurs to contact us to learn more about how we can help business growth in Calderdale.”
The University Business Centre will allow businesses to access a prestigious Halifax town centre-registered business address, private newly-renovated office space with high speed broadband as well as a virtual office, co-working and hot-desk facilities. Companies will also receive Leeds Beckett business advice and mentoring, professional training and development as well as access to knowledge transfer and research expertise.
In addition, clients will enjoy free access to Leeds Beckett’s network of business lounges, which are shared with specialist member organisations and will have the opportunity to attend free innovation networking events, where leading experts and entrepreneurs come together to inspire and support business growth.
Professor Peter Slee, Vice Chancellor at Leeds Beckett University, said: “Leeds Beckett is committed to supporting growth and prosperity in our region. This initiative is the latest example of this and will provide access to resources and knowledge that will accelerate growth in new and developing businesses.”
Piece Mill is an impressive converted mill providing open plan, affordable office and meeting space plus a range of business support in the centre of Halifax. The centre is part of a network of Leeds Beckett University Business Centres that have been operating for more than 15 years. Over 200 businesses across the region are currently located in Leeds Beckett’s private, shared and co-working spaces which to date have supported over 800 businesses to accelerate their growth. Support from Leeds Beckett has been proven to almost double business sustainability, with a 95% business survival rate in the first year of trading.
Leeds Beckett University and Calderdale Council recently signed a formal agreement with the aim of working together to boost the economy in and around Calderdale. Professor Andrew Slade, Deputy Vice Chancellor for Research and Enterprise at Leeds Beckett, and Merran McRae, former Chief Executive of Calderdale Council signed a Memorandum of Understanding to work together to provide joint business support and engagement, learning, research, development and outreach opportunities.