Brothers redevelop former bath into £2m business hub

The Assembly Rooms in Bolton
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Two entrepreneurial brothers from Bolton have invested £2m in a new business hub for the town’s start-ups and SME community.

Adam Pope, founder of Spencer Churchill Law and Dom, who owns digital marketing firm, Own Your Space, have redeveloped the former Bolton Business Centre which they acquired in 2017.

The grade two listed building located in the Trinity area of the town has been completely redeveloped into a state-of-the-art business hub now known as The Assembly Rooms.

The 10,000 sq ft, grade II listed building on Lower Bridgeman Street, was constructed between 1845 and 1847 as a public baths and assembly rooms.

The rooms were used for civic functions and parties until the 1980s, when they were converted into offices and many of the original features destroyed.

Manchester-based architects Atelier MB and interior design experts Sheila Bird Group were appointed to the scheme.

Both Adam and Dom now run their businesses from the building, but they also want to let space to local businesses.

The Assembly Rooms includes both events space and flexible working desks, which they say is ideal for start-ups or small businesses.

Adam, who is working with Bolton Vision to promote growth opportunities across the region and support businesses, said: “We want to encourage Bolton businesses to remain in the town and not to move their base to places like Manchester or Salford.

“We now have a phenomenal building in the town that has been revived to the highest standards.

“We’re currently operating our own businesses from there but there is also room for other firms to join us.

“Bolton has a thriving business community, and this building can act as the perfect base for those to start and grow a business.”

He added: “The pandemic has been tough for communities and it’s been a challenging time for businesses. But there is also a huge drive in the town to build back better and help support businesses to get back on track. The support is there, and we want to help.”

The brothers are also recruiting 70 people to join across their businesses with roles in digital marketing, developers to corporate finance, accounting and compliance officers.

Adam said: “We’ve had a busy few months with demand for more work from existing clients and new business wins too.

“We’re expanding immediately, and it would be great to get local talent to join us.”