Autumn opening for business space

by Marco Cillario Thu 25 February 2016, 10:12 am

A workspace for new and small businesses will open in west Ealing in autumn 2016.

Two floors of St James House on St James Avenue will be made available for companies, homeworkers and freelancers to rent desks, meeting rooms and network with each other. There may also be space for a nursery.

Ealing Council is working on the project with the University of West London, Catalyst Housing, OPEN Ealing, InWestEaling and ContactUs.

For the refurbishment of the space, the Mayor of London’s Regeneration Fund contributed £283,320, while £301,790 were secured through match funding. 

Leader of Ealing Council Julian Bell said: “This is a great opportunity which we are pleased to support so that we can help small businesses get off the ground and enable social enterprises to make a difference in the community”.

The concept was successfully tested last year, when Ealing Blueprint, a co-working space set up by the council in a former insurance shop in the area, was used by more than 250 people over a six-month trial period.

“Entrepreneurs and small business owners who took part in the trial told us that co-working gives them the flexibility of renting desks when they need them and the chance to network and bounce ideas off other people,” said Bell.

To find out more about the space at St James House, contact Ealing Council’s Lemuel Dickie-Johnson: JohnsonLD@ealing.gov.uk or 020 8825 7026.

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