Small businesses in the region have moved back into office space after a major £750,000 revamp following devastating floods.
SMEs working on the ground-floor in the Owners’ Business Centre in Newburn, Newcastle were forced to leave after damage to their base caused by water and silt – washed down from a massive culvert collapse above the village.
Although no significant structural damage was caused, the ground floor was completely renovated with full re-wiring, re-carpeting and re-decoration.
Now 16 months on, the centre, operated by Azure’s Managed Business Space Ltd, (MBSL) is back up and running with 27 of its 64 units being let, and interest rising in its remaining 37 units.
Brian Johnson, managing director of BJANCO, locksmiths and manufacturers of security products, took three units at the Owners Business Centre in October 2013 after his home-based business grew too large for his garage. Within three months of moving in, he has more than doubled his units to seven including workshops for manufacturing.
Johnson said: “It’s been one of the best business decisions I’ve made. We have plenty of parking, I can have manufacturing units as well as office space and there’s parcel handling facilities.”
Peter Elliott OBE, managing director of Azure Managed Business Space Ltd said: “We have a good mix of businesses already operating from Owners Business Centre including IT and Technology specialists; accountants; recruitment consultants; electricians; property consultants and manufacturers. There’s a smart reception, friendly staff and telephone answering service, all of which are included.”