Grant supports development of new town centre co-working space

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As many workers start to make a safe return to offices, a new development offering flexible co-working space in the centre of Bury St Edmunds has been set up. 

The @inc space, delivered by business support organisation MENTA, is a creative workspace for freelancers, entrepreneurs, and creatives. It has been established with support from New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership’s Business Resilience and Recovery grant scheme. 

The coworking hub has been set up with post-Covid working in mind – including private Zoom rooms for virtual meetings as well as breakout meeting spaces, collaborative areas and access to MENTA’s business support, networking and events offer. 

Alex Till, Chief Executive of MENTA, said: “The need to support individuals setting up their own business, go freelance or enter self-employment has never been higher so we’re pleased to be able to offer this new space right in the centre of Bury St Edmunds. 

“We believe that people want flexible space, not too far from home, which meets their needs. Allowing people to book desk space by the day will suit a lot of freelancers, small business owners and start-ups who don’t need fixed offices.” 

The project was awarded a grant of £23,750 from New Anglia LEP’s Business Resilience and Recovery Scheme. Launched in spring 2020 in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the grant scheme supports short-term projects and long-term diversifications to help the region respond and recover from the crisis. 

Chris Starkie, Chief Executive of New Anglia LEP, said: “Over the past year, the way many people work has completely changed. A move towards flexible working means that there will be demand for this sort of space which also offers collaborative areas for people to work together. 

“It is also great to see this development in the centre of Bury St Edmunds, delivering first class business space to those who also want to be close to everything that the town centre has to offer.” 

Could your business benefit from grant support for a new project? Find out more about the Business Resilience and Recovery grant scheme here.

 

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