Room for not-for-profit and start-up organisations
A new business space in Wimbledon is offering room to early stage charities, social enterprises and start-up businesses.
The "3Space Wimbledon Business Hub" at Connect House in Alexandra Road has made surplus office space available for not-for-profit and start-up organisations.
The project, which will run until December, will also encourage collaboration between users, providing a mixture of co-working spaces, networking events, meeting and event space, along with business support from Merton Chamber of Commerce.
Andrew Cribb, CEO of co-founder of the 3Space charity behind the scheme, said: "With so much underused commercial space in our cities and town centres, it's great to be working with public sector organisations to convert their surplus space into a resource for the community and for the benefit of the local economy.
"Using space in this unique way, we have created a professional and collaborative work environment available at very low cost - providing early stage organisations with the opportunity to take the plunge without the risk."
Councillor Stephen Alambritis, Leader of Merton Council, said: "This partnership is excellent news for Merton. At Merton Council we are very keen to help bring as much life as possible to our town centres, and new initiatives like this will not only help use unoccupied space effectively but also give more businesses a greater chance to succeed."
Diana Sterck, CEO of Merton Chamber of Commerce, added: "The collaboration between 3Space and Merton Chamber of Commerce brings together our combined strengths in encouraging business growth and local jobs through incubation. With the centre being so close to Wimbledon station with its fantastic transport links, along with the SW19 postcode, we anticipate demand will be high."
For more information, and to apply to use the space, see: http://www.3space.org.
June 14, 2013