A group of business centres in Hull and the East Riding of Yorkshire have joined forces to help companies survive and thrive.
Managers of business centres in the area - which, between them, house dozens of companies employing hundreds of people - acknowledge that they are competitors in one sense, but still colleagues when it comes to promoting their sector and raising standards.
Freya Cross, Business and Corporate Manager at The Deep in Hull and a national board member of the Business Centre Association, initiated the group as new business centres started to emerge in the wider city area.
Their latest meeting took place at K2 Bond Street, Hull, and was hosted by Brian Freestone, Communities Director of Tradepark.
In addition to Freya, it was attended by Donna Hughes, Centre Manager at BIZ HUB in Melton and Amanda Hoggart, whose role as Business Centre Manager for East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s (ERYC) existing portfolio also includes launching ergo, the new business centre at Bridgehead Business Park, Hessle.
Freya said: “We operate in the same sector but we are all different. The Deep Business Centre has been operating for a long time, whereas ergo and K2 are new arrivals each with a different offer. We vary from local, independent centres to those with a larger, national portfolio such as BIZ HUB and Biz Space.
"We talk about the issues that are always there such as business rates, technology and connectivity, as well as emerging trends that are changing the work environment. We also discuss national issues and legislation changes which are likely to affect what we do and how we do it, such as Brexit and GDPR.
“Essentially we are working together to promote our region and to raise awareness among businesses of all sizes and in most sectors, as well as start-ups, about the benefits of operating from a business centre rather than adding property to the list of things they have to think about in running their organisation.”