Library redevelopment will establish a business enterprise hub

Councillor Alex Ross-Shaw

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 £85,000 of money from the Shipley Towns Fund.

It 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, added: “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.”

Cllr 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.”