Empty buildings identified for start up businesses

Published in Business on 31 May 201220 empty buildings owned by the Government have been identified as potential locations for aspiring entrepreneurs to grow their businesses.

Locations include London, Rugby, Leeds, Runcorn, Birmingham, Oxford and Bristol, and business start up organisations in these areas are now being invited to manage and allocate these spaces. They will also be charged with providing tenants with valuable support and advice.

Business and Enterprise Minister Mark Prisk said: “Many entrepreneurs struggle to find a suitably flexible and affordable space to start their business, so this is a practical measure which the Government is taking to support the next generation of businesses.

“Opening up areas that are not being used will give entrepreneurs access to the space they need to start and grow.”

The Government, working in co-operation with landlords, will offer as much space as possible to small businesses, giving them room to grow at a low cost.

Minister for the Cabinet Office Francis Maude added: “This Government saved over £100 million in the last financial year alone by getting a tight grip on government property and using space more efficiently.

Paul Champion

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