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Wiveliscombe Enterprise Centre to go ahead

Opening expected early 2019

11/06/2018

Wiveliscombe Enterprise Centre to be created at Karro Foods site


Plans for an exciting new Enterprise Centre in Wiveliscombe have been given the go ahead by SCC, who have aquired the Karro Foods site in the town as part of the county's new business plan which seeks to 'create the climate for enterprise and innovation that businesses need to grow and collaborate'.


The new facility, located on the old Karro Food Group site on Sandys Moor, will provide modern, accessible space for small and growing businesses.  Work will begin this summer to provide 10 offifes, meeting rooms and seven industrial units – all with ultrafast broadband. The units will have affordable and flexible terms that suit the requirements of new, early stage and growing businesses, and are expected to be available for occupation from early 2019.


Councillor David Hall, Cabinet Member for Business and Inward Investment at Somerset County Council, said: “This is a great boost for entrepreneurs who want to set up a new business in the Wiveliscombe area and for existing businesses that want to expand.


“Finding the right sort of space that is modern, flexible and accessible can be a real challenge for businesses. This centre has been specifically designed to address a need for office space in the local area and to support business growth.”


The facility will also offer local business support and access to networking events.


Planning permission for the Wiveliscombe Enterprise Centre has been approved by Taunton Deane Borough Council. The centre represents the first phase of development on the site.


The Wivelicombe Enterprise Centre will be the latest addition to the Council’s network of five enterprise centres – in Dulverton, Minehead, Wheddon Cross, Frome and Highbridge – that are already home to 50+ business supporting more than 100 jobs. The existing centres are approaching full capacity and SCC has been looking for new sites in rural areas.