The first tenants have taken up offices in a new business centre that was transformed at a cost of almost £1 million.
Management of Toll Bar House, in Ilkeston, say more businesses are queuing up take space in the building, which is near the White Lion Square roundabout junction.
More than half of the 27 fully-serviced office spaces have been signed up since the centre opened in September.
It is managed by enterprise agency Erewash Partnership on behalf of owners Erewash Borough Council.
The council invested £425,000 in refurbishing and breathing new life into the building, matched by D2N2, the Local Enterprise Partnership for Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire.
A further £126,000 was secured by contractor J Tomlinson from the Government’s Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme aimed at helping local authorities with projects designed to improve energy efficiency, reduce carbon output and lower energy bills. This took the total cost to £976,000.
The fully-managed offices, ranging in size up to around 500 sq ft, are all broadband ready and have individual, 24/7 key fob access.
They are available on easy terms, and there are meeting rooms and a bookable conference suite seating 18 people.
All floors have their own kitchen areas, and there are lifts, showers, secure basement storage and 59 parking spaces, including some for people with disabilities.
First to move in was Hello People Solutions which switched from another partnership-managed business centre in the town, The Old Police Station.
The company deals with human resources issues for small businesses, and has taken two offices for its three staff and hopes to recruit another member next year.
Owner Amanda Bayliss said: “I was attracted by the location just outside the town centre. These premises are modern, well-fitted out, have good security and a strong professional feel.”
Kym Ellington owns accounting brands in Ilkeston, Nottingham and Grantham, and is re-configuring offices and staff to accommodate for growth.
That includes re-locating D and D Accountancy Services from Nottingham Road, Ilkeston, and developing the K2 brand into Ilkeston including moving K2 Accountancy Group’s head office from Nottingham.
Initially 13 people will move into seven suites at the new centre plus outside garages.
Kym and several staff live in Ilkeston and he feels it is important that they should support the town and the business community.
He said: “Toll Bar House is an iconic building in Ilkeston, well located, well re-appointed in its refurbishment and fits all our needs.
“We found both Erewash Partnership and the council good partners to do business with.”
Paul Cobb, owner of five different companies, is moving six accounting and marketing staff from various factories in Ilkeston to Toll Bar House, which also frees up space in them.
He said: “It’s a fantastic centre, close to our factories. It’s very secure and quiet.”
Partnership chief executive Ian Viles said: “We are proud that Toll Bar House is the third business centre we are now managing in Ilkeston, bringing jobs to the town.
“We are delighted at the early success in attracting tenants.”
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