Business growth specialist moves back to city centre

Ann Bhatti (left) with Neale Lewis (right)

Neale Lewis Associates has moved into Connect Derby’s Friar Gate Studios.

The managed workspace scheme on Ford Street in the city was recently given the green light to make 30% of space available to businesses from across the creative industries supply chain.

Neale Lewis Associates took the decision to move back to the city centre from the iHub innovation centre on Infinity Park, which is also managed by Connect Derby.

Business growth expert Lewis and his team specialise in helping organisations to scale-up through the delivery of a series of coaching and training, business growth and performance improvements programmes.

Lewis said: “We were the first tenants at the iHub and grew our business significantly while we were there, thanks largely to the excellent facilities, particularly the meeting and seminar rooms.

“The news that Friar Gate Studios was accepting non-creatives came at the perfect time for us and we’re delighted to be here. Our new office is three times bigger than our previous office and offers excellent value for money.

“It’s great to be a part of a community of like-minded entrepreneurs at Friar Gate Studios. It boasts fantastic facilities, including Bean Caffe and meeting rooms – and the broadband speed and connectivity are first class too.

“As Connect Derby tenants, we’re also able to utilise meeting rooms at all the other buildings, which means we can still host training days and strategic meetings at the iHub if we need to.

“We’re helping fast growing companies creates jobs and wealth creation for the city. Our new environment at Friar Gate Studios is conducive to that.”

Ann Bhatti, head of Connect Derby, added: “Neale and his team have been part of the Connect Derby family for many years and we’re pleased to welcome them as the first ever non-creatives to our flagship building.”