Ladybrook is the new place for business
If you're from the Ladybrook area and have a fledgling firm or a brilliant business idea, there's a new 'place' to be.
A restored building in the heart of the estate has been renovated to provide office accommodation to help new businesses and social enterprises to start up.
Called The Business Place – Langford Road, the former retail unit has been restored to a high specification, providing 14 offices and a workshop which can be individually leased to local entrepreneurs to set up or develop new businesses.
Offices are available in various sizes suitable for between one and four people. Each unit provides small, high quality workspace with good communication facilities, including broadband internet.
Units are available starting from a weekly rental of only £27, which includes business rates, all utility costs, telephone line rental, internet connection and car parking.
Communal facilities include foyer, meeting room, fully equipped kitchens and toilets. Everything is fully inclusive in the weekly rent. The only additional cost tenants will pay is for their telephone calls.
The units will be let on a monthly license terms which facilitate 'easy in, easy out' arrangements with the minimum of bureaucracy.
In addition to the office facilities, tenants of the units will be able to draw on free business support available from professional business advisors. The project is designed to nurture and look after new and developing businesses by helping them to survive and grow.
It is anticipated that the units will attract local people from Neighbourhood Renewal Areas who feel that they are ready to start up a new business venture or who may already be operating a full or part-time business from home.
The Business Place has been built with funds from a number of different partners, including NRF (Neighbourhood Renewal Fund), LEGI (Local Enterprise Growth Initiative), ERDF (European Regional Development Fund), the Alliance SSP (Sub-regional Strategic Partnership) and Mansfield District Council.
Coun Kate Allsop, Portfolio Holder for Regeneration at Mansfield District Council said: "Langford Road is the fourth and final business place to be opened in the Mansfield district in the last year. Their aim is to encourage more budding entrepreneurs to turn their business ideas into reality.
"We know that there are many people out there with great ideas or tiny operations they may be running from home that have the potential to make good, profitable, sustainable businesses. Centres like the Business Place – Park Road aim to unearth them, nurture them and help them on to bigger and better things.
"Not only that, in the case of Langford Road we have managed to bring back into use an ugly, disused retail unit which had been vacant for a number of years."
Mansfield Woodhouse Community Development Group has been awarded the contract to manage the Business Unit on behalf of Mansfield District Council.
Anyone interested in finding out more about leasing accommodation in The Business Place should contact David Lisgo, Manager of the Business Centres on 01623 665000. Alternatively information about the units can be found at The Business Place Web site or by calling 0879 058 5959 or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Three other 'Business Place' centres have been opened in the Mansfield district in the last twelve months:
- Armstrong Hall at Bull Farm was opened in May 2007 and currently has three tenants.
- Burns Lane at Warsop opened in July 2007 and currently has four tenants.
- Park Road at Mansfield Woodhouse opened in February 2008 and currently has five tenants.