New enterprise units ready thanks to LEP grant

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Entrepreneurs, new start-ups, existing businesses and those considering self-employment will be able to benefit from a major investment in Haverhill.

Construction work to expand the existing MENTA Business Centre in Hollands Road is now complete and has now opened.

The project has been supported by a grant from New Anglia LEP’s Growing Business Fund.

Eight people on the steps of the new MENTA extension in Haverhill
The launch of the new extension at the MENTA business centre in Haverhill

The new extension brings four new units, a reception area, larger meeting spaces, and other improvements while electric vehicle chargers are also to be fitted. MENTA, which is a not-for-profit organisation specialising in business support, will continue to manage the centre but the extension means it will be able to do even more to help businesses at this time as well as offer further space for collaboration.

Cllr John Griffiths, Leader of West Suffolk Council, said: “This is an investment to help further new enterprise and jobs growth in this important part of West Suffolk. Small businesses are the lifeblood of the economy and centres such as this, offering excellent advice and support as well as a place within which new entrepreneurs can start their business, are a key part of our economic recovery. I am delighted that this extension to the MENTA Business Centre is now open and that there is already interest in these new units. I am very much looking forward to seeing the future success stories that they help establish here in West Suffolk.”

Chris Starkie, Chief Executive of New Anglia LEP, said: “It is great to see these improvements being made to offer versatile working space for small businesses.

“The way people work has changed over the past year and these units with flexible terms, professional meeting space and areas for co-working are sure to be popular.”

The project complements the Council’s recent investment in Haverhill Research Park and Enterprise Zone, with both sites helping to attract commercial investment and support the creation of local jobs.

Find out more about the business centre here.



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