Myf Plunkett

Myf Plunkett

Hampshire proves a solid base for business growth

A new innovation centre in North East Hampshire is already more than a quarter full – just weeks before the official opening.

Nine businesses and three co-workers have already moved into BASE Bordon Innovation Centre at Broxhead House, Louisburg Barracks, Whitehill & Bordon, East Hampshire.

The ambitious companies specialise in a range of sectors, such as aerospace, software, engineering, digital and recruitment, creating the building blocks of an exciting and innovative community.

Stephen Brownlie, Oxford Innovation’s regional manager in the South, said: “Traction to date is superb, with 25 people on site, and well before the official opening on 6 March.

“Occupiers are attracted by free advisory support from our in-house innovation director, Richard May, flexible rental terms and a supportive environment where commercial ideas can flourish.

“The importance of thriving business hubs on the local economy, through internal investment, should not be underestimated.

“Research shows that for every £1 spent with a small-to-medium enterprise there was an additional 63p benefit for the local economy compared with 40p in every £1 spent with a larger business.

“Given there are currently 5.7 million businesses in the UK, of which more than 99% are SMEs, and micro firms employing fewer than 10 people, you can see why smaller firms are important to the well-being of the local economy.”

Geared at start-ups, scales-ups and high-growth businesses, BASE Bordon Innovation Centre is run by Oxford Innovation, the UK’s leading innovation centre operator.

As part of the centre’s growth plans, a centre manager has also been appointed.

Myf Plunkett, who emigrated from Melbourne, Australia, last year, came from office space provider Regus before taking up her new role.

She said: “There is already a buzz from our entrepreneurial clients in the building – they are start-ups and early-stage firms with contagious energy and can-do attitudes.

“Nine companies have moved into 10 offices, with three of our ten co-working spaces now occupied. Our business lounge memberships are also gaining momentum as customers understand the value of flexible workspace.”

There are 34 offices on flexible rental terms, along with co-working space, meeting rooms for hire and virtual offices.