A furniture retailer is giving small businesses in the region a chance to hire cheap office space after renting out his storage unit.
Stephen Richardson, owner of NE Pine, Heaton, Newcastle, is hiring out the office space at The Business Works in nearby Industry Road as a way to help small businesses get started.
Richardson bought the unit in 2012 because his pine business needed office space and storage room.
He used 2,000sq ft of the building and after offering part of the unit to competitor Gosforth Pine, realised there was a gap in the market for affordable office space for one, two and three-person businesses.
The building has been renovated and now six different businesses from chiropractors to recruitment firms are using the facilities.
The serviced building has a training room for up to 24 candidates and there are still three offices available to rent.
Richardson said: “We are offering people cost effective and affordable office space. What I am trying to do is help local businesses to get a step up.”