Shipley Business Enterprise Hub

Article dated Tuesday Aug 8, 2023 at 02:37 PM

Work is due to start at the end of August on the redevelopment of part of Shipley Library to create a resource for local businesses.

The Shipley Business Enterprise Hub will be created in current exhibition space at the library, using £80,000 of money from the Shipley Towns Fund.

The new facility will offer resources and advice to local businesses and start-ups, and the space will also be used for meetings and co-working.

Councillor Alex Ross-Shaw, Bradford Council’s Portfolio Holder for Regeneration, Planning and Transport, said: The investment will fund a full refurbishment of the space, equipment for co-working as well as access to specialist business databases.

“The Enterprise Hub will be an excellent resource for the local business community, particularly those starting-up or newly-established businesses.”

Adam Clerkin, Chair of Shipley Towns Fund, said: “There will be an on-site dedicated business information advisor in place for a year, who will be able to offer advice and guidance as well as training existing staff.

“Shipley has a thriving business community and we’re keen to support it. Work on the hub will start in August and is due to be completed within a month.”

Councillor Sarah Ferriby, Bradford Council’s Portfolio Holder for Healthy People and Healthy Places, said: “This will be an excellent addition to the library and will be an incredible resource for businesses in the area. Once it has opened, we’ll be encouraging people to make full use of the opportunity.”

For more information about the Shipley Towns Fund visit:

https://www.bradford.gov.uk/regeneration/shipley-towns-fund/shipley-towns-fund/

About the Towns Fund

The Towns Fund is a Government-funded support programme to boost the economies of towns across the UK. The programme is part of the Government’s Levelling Up plan. Decisions on grants are made by Towns Fund Boards for each town, which are made up of private sector representatives with support from Bradford Council.

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