CONWY companies can benefit from new services and facilities at a Llandudno Junction business complex.
Conwy Business Centre is currently undergoing a revamp and in partnership with the Enterprise Hub has bolstered its current offering, including fully funded advice, space, events and incentives for firms across the county.
The Enterprise Hub – a joint project between Menter Mon and M-SParc – has unveiled a co-working suite onsite, with hot desks to encourage new start-up businesses to base themselves from the Business Centre.
There are also conference and meeting rooms in the building.
With the reception undergoing a makeover – including pods and a fresh layout – and a dedicated team offering support, Conwy’s Business Services Manager Amanda Ballance hopes more private sector firms, freelancers and self-employed start-ups will take advantage of the joint offering.
“The business centre is incredibly popular but there are still many companies out there unaware of what we do and what’s available to them,” said Amanda.
“It’s easily accessible off the A55, there is free parking and desks for remote working, and for tenants there is a community of top firms delivering everything from environmental services to financial and legal advice.
“There are more than 6,000 companies of varying sizes in the county and we would encourage more of them and anyone looking to start up in business to contact us and see how we can help.”
As well as fully funded services, Enterprise Hub members also have access to various discounts, such as the ‘Office in a Box’ membership offer, and up to 30 minutes of legal or financial guidance.
Facilitator Anna Openshaw added there are clear benefits for those considering starting a business.
“We are here to support start-ups and those who have recently started. The space we have here is perfect for anyone who is in the process of progressing ideas and planning a business,” she said.
“Being part of this community is inspiring, there are many opportunities to network and use the resources available to lay the foundations for growth and bring ideas to fruition in a supportive environment.”
These developments come as the local authority prepares to welcome applications for this summer’s Conwy Business Awards, to be held at Venue Cymru in Llandudno.
The popular prizegiving was a hit with firms last year, and Amanda expects even more entries this time around.
“We have been celebrating industry and the private sector through these awards since 2012, and every year the standard gets better and better,” she said.
“We have such a rich and diverse collection of companies in different sectors, achieving great things and supporting the economy.
“It is great to be able to give them a platform to showcase their success, and to bring them together in one room to create new relationships for the future.”
The 11 categories include Start-Up Business of the Year, Social Enterprise of the Year, the Social/Environmental Responsibility Award, and Entrepreneur of the Year.
To enter Conwy Business Awards and for more information on the Business Centre, visit the website: www.conwybusinesscentre.com.
For more information on how the Enterprise Hub can help you start-up in business, visit www.hwbmenter.cymru. Alternatively, follow @ConwyBC and @hwbmenter on social media.
The Enterprise Hub is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government.