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03 September 2015

Market Hall incubation units open for business

Feur de Rhe-Philipe with Russel Frith
Councillor Feur de Rhe-Philipe with Russel Frith of the Enterprise Network

We are committed to stimulating economic growth and this provides a very real, on the ground example of one of the many ways we are working to achieve this.

Fleur de Rhe Philipe, Wiltshire Council cabinet member with responsibility for economic development

Plans to help budding entrepreneurs reached fruition today (3 September) with the official opening of a series of new business units in the Shambles Market Hall, Devizes.

The project to install 11 business incubation units has been undertaken in partnership between Wiltshire Council and The Enterprise Network and marks a new phase in the development of the Shambles Market Hall into a key asset for Devizes. The units are available at a competitive rate to new business start-ups and small businesses as well as existing market traders. The aim is to provide individuals or organisations with a cost effective opportunity to start a business within the centre of one of Wiltshire's key market towns and help boost the local economy.

Seven of the eleven units have been let to a mixture of new and existing businesses. Four double units remain available at a cost of £150 per week inclusive of parking, water, electric and business rates and can be let on a fixed term lease with a minimum period of three months. Traders must be prepared to trade for five days a week if they wish to run a business within a unit.

The project has also created an office and meeting space in the Market Hall which will be used to host business training and networking sessions for unit holders and market traders. A Wi-Fi installation also forms part of the project to allow unit holders to conduct business and communicate with suppliers and partners via the internet.

Fleur de Rhe Philipe, Wiltshire Council cabinet member with responsibility for economic development, who officially opened the new units together with representatives of the Enterprise Network, said: "We are committed to stimulating economic growth and this provides a very real, on the ground example of one of the many ways we are working to achieve this. These units will help new ventures test a business idea in a cost effective way."

Anyone interested in a unit can contact Wiltshire Council's Markets Team on 0300 456 0100 or email Markets@Wiltshire.gov.uk

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