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Final phase of Tavistock Enterprise Hub complete

Posted on: 27 February 2013

The final phase of the newly opened Tavistock Enterprise Hub (TEH) sees its completion this week

The TEH is part of a network of Work Hubs in Devon, (The others are in Totnes, Exeter, Okehampton and Cullompton) which provide flexible work spaces for home-based and mobile workers, business start-ups, freelancers and entrepreneurs.

It’s managed by the Tavistock Enterprise CIC or ‘Community Interest Company’ and any extra money made goes back into the project or similar local projects

The Hub is located on the high street in Tavistock and occupies 300m2 of open plan and self-contained office space over two floors.

Its facilities include office, meeting and conference space along with a kitchen and rest area, a substantial open plan office area and three further self-contained offices

Users can tap into a comprehensive package of chargeable and free facilities including WiFi, networking opportunities, mentoring schemes and seminars.

The idea of the work hub is to provide a suitable office environment for those who may work from home or who need a professional area to run their business. The hubs make smart use of space, serving more businesses than a traditional office by allowing people to book a ‘hot desk’ closer to home as and when they need it.

A range of activities and events is planned for the TEH over the coming months, the first of which is on 20th March from 8.30am until 9pm. ‘Anywhere Working’ is a Microsoft-led initiative to help people work smarter, healthier and more efficiently.

The free event features inspiring talks on the future of work, the chance to meet current and aspiring flexible workers, and to help visitors understand or be introduced to the latest Anywhere Working technology from Microsoft. There’ll also be chances to win exclusive Microsoft prizes.

A full agenda about this event can be found on our website. This event will be open to businesses as well as the wider community with a range of workshops and activities.

Leader of Devon County Council, John Hart says; “The development of the work hub network is an important part of our economic strategy for Devon. It’s one of many schemes to help boost and support business in the county and I am pleased to see the Tavistock Enterprise Hub now opening its doors for business.”

Local member for Tavistock, Councillor Debo Sellis says; “I am pleased to see this scheme go from strength to strength and I hope it will be well used by the local community. I am sure it will provide a valuable resource for Tavistock and I look forward to seeing how well it progresses. It’s essential to provide help for the economy and local employment so this is very welcome indeed.”

For more information please contact Adam Fleet, Managing Director, Tavistock Enterprise Hub: 07531 174456, adam@tavistockenterprisehub.co.uk

Go here for more about work hubs

The Work Hub scheme evolved in early 2011. It is estimated that around 85,000 people (20% of the working age population) in Devon are home-based, making the Work Hub concept a natural path to follow. In late 2011, Devon County Council with part funding from the Department for Transport secured £180,000 to support the development of two Work Hubs. In July last year, a new round of funding opened which meant that Devon County Council, had an additional £100k available to support the development of work hubs in up to 5 market and coastal towns in Devon.

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