Torpoint Enterprise Court opens for business
Torpointís £834,099 Enterprise Court opens for business with an official launch on Friday 12 July.
The project, which provides 28 managed workspaces and a conference facility at Marine Drive, Torpoint is expected to create 40 local jobs.
Five of the units have already been snapped up by local entrepreneurs and another two have been booked from August.
Councillor Kath Pascoe, Caradonís Cabinet member with the community and economic regeneration portfolio, said: ďThe opening of Enterprise Court is excellent news for Torpoint. Caradonís research shows that there is a significant demand for more workspace for small businesses in Torpoint, and we are delighted that this partnership project with Torpoint Town Council will help to meet that need.Ē
Among those who have already signed up for workspace are father and son John Baker and Steve Baker. John is keen to set up a base in Cornwall for his project, Baker Enterprises, which will develop some of his ideas for new businesses that could be sited in Torpoint and lead to further local employment.
One of the projects John is considering is modular accommodation that could be used to provide priority housing in inner cities. As an offshoot, John is also looking at intermediate care accommodation modules, which would provide quickly and easily constructed accommodation for people who still need some nursing care upon leaving hospital. The modules would include disabled facilities such as hoists as standard.
Meanwhile Johnís son Steve has taken out his own workspace for his software design company, SB Software Systems. Steve is returning to Torpoint after working for Future TV Systems Ltd in Truro and also for website designers Goss Interactive.
Also taking up residence at Enterprise Court will be Able Wills, a professional will writing service covering Devon and Cornwall, and artists David Pritchard and Janet Evans. David, who has built a successful art career despite having MS, will be continuing his own work in art as well as running art workshops for the general public. Janet has plans for a workshop in preparing art work surfaces such as canvas and hardboard and designing art frames. Although her business is separate from Davidís, the two plan to join forces on the workshops.
Saltash College is taking advantage of the new conference facility and is currently running a 10 week course for women returning to work. The course includes a host of business skills such as oral and written communications, numeracy, advertising and conference training and job search skills.
The Enterprise Court business units range in size from 9.5m2 to 15m2 and include sustainable features such as high energy efficiency, green electricity and grey water recycling, which allows toilets to be flushed with rainwater.
Torpoint was the first town in Cornwall to receive Objective One funding for this type of project, thanks to a unique partnership bid by Torpoint Town Council and Caradon District Council. Caradon has been involved in the design and construction of Enterprise Court, while Torpoint Town Council will manage the workspace units and conference centre. Funding has been provided by an Objective One European Regional Development Fund grant of nearly £333,639 with Caradon providing match funding.
To find out more about the units or to book a workspace, contact Karon Shergold on 01752 811100.
Media enquiries contact:
Karon Shergold, business support adviser, on 01752 811100
Objective One Partnership Office
Truro TR1 2UD