A HANDFUL of tenants are the first to move into a new Business and Innovation Centre providing office space for start-up and growing companies.
Five firms occupy the four-storey premises situated on the Stanmore Place estate in Honeypot Lane, Stanmore, with local business support agency Harrow In Business - previously based in Pinner Road, Harrow - similarly taking up residence.
Rajiv Nathwani, founding partner of Quivira Capital, said: “As a two person business with ambitions to grow, we like being based alongside
other like-minded businesses, and the high specification office space available here, without having to get locked in to any long term commitment, is ideal."
Harrow In Business chairman Ash Verma said: “We welcome the development of this new centre in Harrow to assist start up and growing businesses, and will do everything possible to support this exciting initiative.
“Attracting new businesses and encouraging investment into the borough is at the heart of everything that we do. This is a real opportunity
to support and develop talented individuals and create successful businesses of the future.”
The first five tenants are Progenesis Ltd, a credit card services consultancy firm, Quivira Capital Ltd, a niche investment management company, The International Political Forum, an social enterprise providing a website for youngsters to discuss political and human rights issues, Evans Associates (UK) Ltd, an accountancy firm, and International Students Link Ltd, supporting overseas students attending UK educational establishments.
Centre director Tom Cocklin, of centre managers Oxford Innovation, said: “It is great to welcome our first clients into Stanmore Business and Innovation Centre and to start supporting the growth of these ambitious companies.
“I am very pleased with the strong take up of office space and the continuing interest. We are currently in discussion with other prospective occupiers and I welcome enquiries from companies interested in finding out more about the range of offices and support that we offer.”
The five firms occupy the first of the centre's two interlinked blocks that accommodates up to 55 companies. The vacant second block will be fitted out to the specifications of a future tenant and a third connected block will be built to provide extra capacity when needed.
n See www.stanmore-bic.co.uk for more details