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Elsie Whiteley Innovation Centre leads start up boom

Published 5th Feb 2015 by Rebecca Walker

A recent survey by The Guardian Online and StartUp Britain has revealed the density of business start ups per 1000 people in the UK for 2014 and the results are startling. Naturally the large economic centres in London and the South East outperform the North regions, but within Yorkshire the start-up map shows an intriguing pattern.

In 2014 Calderdale had more start-ups per 1000 people than cities such as Sheffield and Barnsley. It’s a trend that’s been echoed at places like Halifax-based member the Elsie Whiteley Innovation Centre where a flurry of new tenants has joined the business hub since Christmas, join the many that have moved into the building in the last 12 months.

Recent start-up tenants at the Centre include professional photography studio, Sugarbird Photography and consultancy business, One Small Key who have joined the 30+ strong business community of entrepreneurs, SME businesses and large national agencies based at Elsie Whiteley Innovation Centre.

Centre Manager, Jason Bell had this to say about the start-up boom at EWIC: "Having well-known businesses based here is great for the Centre but we’re really pleased to welcome our new start-ups and small businesses as they are at the heart of what this Centre is about – nurturing talent and supporting business. Many start-ups are attracted by our subsidised rental packages which can see a 50% reduction in rental rates for new tenants. Our aim is to make starting a business easier, and supporting growth in any way we can.’

The Elsie Whiteley Innovation Centre offers high quality office space to small and medium sized businesses and supports new start-ups through its subsidised rental packages aimed at making starting your own business affordable. As part of Halifax Opportunities Trust, rental income from the businesses already based at the Centre goes towards supporting the important work of the Trust in Central Halifax. For more information about Elsie Whiteley Innovation Centre please contact Jason Bell on 01422 399400.


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