First tenants at new business hub announced

Alan Heap, Nigel Shanahan and Jack Gibson

A new co-working complex in Leamington has announced two new tenants ahead of its opening later this year.

The landmark Victorian building on the corner of Mill Street and Leam Terrace has undergone a transformation and will now feature flexible offices, dedicated desks and hot-desking, a video and sound studio, The Muse Coffeehouse, meeting areas and events space.

The centre is designed to appeal to small high-growth companies and established businesses looking for a flexible space through to freelancers and start-up entrepreneurs – but will also be open to local charities.

Two Leamington businesses have already signed up to take their own separate offices at 1 Mill Street, from November – marketing agency Gibsonhaus and creative engagement agency Purple Monster.

The move represents Gibsonhaus’ first venture into commercial premises after the business was formed by Jack Gibson and his wife Jorina from home in 2015, and now serves clients across the medical, housing and IT sectors.

Purple Monster – which works with clients across the globe – is making the move to 1 Mill Street from its premises in Spencer Yard as the firm looks to enhance its agile way of working after celebrating its 25th birthday.

1 Mill Street is the brainchild of Kenilworth based businessman Nigel Shanahan, whose team has undertaken a 12-month renovation and refurbishment of the 12,000 sq ft building.

He said: “Gibsonhaus and Purple Monster committing their future at the facility is a brilliant early vote of confidence in a project that we think will enrich various parts of the town’s community – be it for business, charity work, or performances from community groups.

“All being well, we are looking forward to officially opening the facility to the public in November.”