Corby Enterprise Centre reaches five-year milestone

Back row - Cllr Jean Addison and head of property Jonathan Waterworth, front row - the team from Corby Enterprise Centre.
Back row - Cllr Jean Addison and head of property Jonathan Waterworth, front row - the team from Corby Enterprise Centre.

Businesses and guests joined forces to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the Corby Enterprise Centre.

Since opening in December 2010 the Corby Enterprise Centre, based at prior’s Hall, has become a prospering focus of the business community having supported and provided accommodation to a total of 107 businesses from across the borough, county & further afield.

These businesses have generated more than 170 jobs.

The centre has also become a hub for pre-start and early start business support, hosting workshops and one-to-one advice and guidance sessions delivered by The Prince’s Trust and the University of Northampton run Enterprise4Corby programme and more recently the Velocity Growth Hub.

The centre is made up of 53 units in total, broken down into 38 offices of various size and with just one unit currently available the centre is continuing to thrive.

Businesses currently benefitting from the centre all have 24/7 access, free car parking and high speed communications, along with the benefit of being part of one of the fastest growing business communities in the county.

The centre provides businesses with unique on-site support including access to a network of business development experts from a wide range of industries as well as three fully equipped meeting rooms which hold up to 50 delegates for internal and external hire.

It has delivered positive benefits to businesses such as Melli UK, which was the first to move to the Enterprise Centre.

Set up in Northampton in April 2010, Melli UK is a fast-growing design agency that specialises in providing marketing advice and communications material to some of the biggest consumer brands including Mars, Heineken, Danone, Johnson & Johnson, Pedigree and Whiskas.

Intent on business expansion and meeting its turnover targets Melli UK was searching for modern premises that would allow the company to add new members of staff and expertise to its team, leading them to the Corby Enterprise Centre.

The Enterprise Centre provides Melli UK not only with the space and flexibility to expand as its business grows but also enables the company to utilise shared facilities, such as the boardroom and meeting rooms at a fraction of the equivalent rental cost.

The availability of on-site services and expert advice was also very attractive to a company focussed on business development.

Richard Mellon, managing director of Melli UK, said: “Melli UK is incredibly excited and proud to be the first tenant of the Corby Enterprise Centre.

“The facilities of the Centre are first class and will provide Melli UK with the ideal foundation to continue the growth and prosperity of our business.”

The Enterprise Centre is also home to S C Agency, which provides strategic marketing and design creative for businesses across London, Northamptonshire and the Midlands, such as Cheaney Shoes, Shanks, NHS, Environcom and J shoes.

S C Agency relocated to the Corby Enterprise Centre at the beginning of 2013 and since the move have been busy forming new working relationships with businesses in the area.

The Enterprise centre provides S C Agency with a modern space that is the perfect creative environment for visiting clients, as well as having the luxury of being able to use the fully equipped meeting rooms.

Marketing director Lorna Dodge says: “The Enterprise Centre is the perfect location for us as a client facing creative agency.

“We are impressed by the level of professionalism and level of service offered by the centre and its team.”

Corby Council took management of the centre back in house earlier this year and the centre continues to be a real success story for the council.

Deputy leader of Corby Council Jean Addison said: “We are very proud of the success that Corby Enterprise and indeed the businesses within it, have had over the past five years.

“The centre is helping to create further jobs in the borough, grow business opportunities locally and is contributing to Corby’s economic growth.

“It’s great to see businesses grow from strength to strength through their time at the Enterprise Centre and we wish them all many more successful years ahead of them.”

For more information about the Corby Enterprise Centre and what it has to offer contact 01536 560560, email cec.reception@corby.gov.uk, or visit www.ceccorby.co.uk.