Enterprise Hub opens its doors to give region’s businesses a boost

The new Shipley Library Enterprise Hub has been officially opened to create a comprehensive resource for local businesses.

The hub was created in former exhibition space at the library, using £80,000 of money from the Government-funded Shipley Towns Fund.

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

It will also be part of the Leeds City Region’s Business and IP Centre’s local offering, which offers free advice to businesses based in West Yorkshire.

On opening the new facility, Councillor Alex Ross-Shaw, Bradford Council’s Portfolio Holder for Regeneration, Planning and Transport, said: “The Enterprise Hub will be an excellent resource for the local business community, particularly those starting-up or newly-established businesses.

“The space has been fully refurbished with equipment for co-working, as well as access to specialist business databases.

“The results of the work here are excellent and an example of what can be achieved on the ground for local people when the Towns Fund money is used effectively.

“I’d like to thank all involved for their hard work and congratulate them on what has been achieved here.”

Adam Clerkin, chair of Shipley Towns Fund, said: “There will be a dedicated business information advisor based here, 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. We’d invite everyone to come down and see what the resource has to offer and how the hub can support the success of local businesses.”