Chamber member and printing solutions firm based in Elland, ABS UK Ltd, is set to launch a new Business Incubator service to a start-up business offering a free desk space and expert business mentoring.
Eligible new businesses up to two years old, and operating in the Halifax and Huddersfield area, are invited to apply for the free desk space for a period of one year based in ABS UK Ltd’s company offices.
The package available for one local business person will include free use of WIFI, telephone line, meeting space and warehouse space, as well as access to experts within sales, administration and marketing.
The initial online application process, which opens on 1 February, will consist of a simple questionnaire. The deadline for application is 11th March. Applicants will then be invited to present their business plan in a face-to-face Dragons’ Den style interview to the ABS Business Incubator Panel in March, before a decision is reached.
The pilot project, which will begin at the start of the new financial tax year, 1 April 2016, has been designed by ABS UK Ltd with advice from Calderdale Council Enterprise Support in order to nurture and encourage growth within the local business community.
Upon completion of one year in the ABS Business Incubator the successful applicant can apply for a three month extension of the space if required.
Paul Lees, managing director of ABS UK Ltd said:
“Having been through the process of setting up and growing a successful business, we understand the challenges and pitfalls that many new businesses can potentially face. We would now like to take the opportunity to give back to the local business community and offer our own expertise and advice to the next generation of business owners.”
With the support and expertise available it is hoped the chosen business would benefit from opportunities it may not have otherwise received, ultimately aiding its growth into a successful, and established business ready to operate independently.
Eric Binns, Calderdale Council’s enterprise officer, has been working alongside Paul and the ABS UK team to develop the concept and operational process, he added:
“It will give a new business vital support in its early stages with the necessary resources and mentoring and advice available ‘on-hand’and with the added benefit that the person will not be working in isolation but in a busy working environment. We hope other local companies consider offering similar opportunities.”
To apply to the Business Incubator Panel please contact Paul Lees at ABS on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01422 880008.