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Bury St Edmunds based business support organisation MENTA expands its operations at Harvey Adams Enterprise Centre in Brandon

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Business support organisation MENTA has announced further expansion as it takes on the running of a centre in Brandon.

The Bury St Edmunds-based not-for-profit organisation will now take on the day-to-day running of West Suffolk Council-owned Harvey Adams Enterprise Centre, in Wimbledon Avenue, Brandon, to help support its existing tenants and businesses.

MENTA currently runs business support centres in Bury St Edmunds and Haverhill with services including coaching and mentoring.

Cllr John Griffiths, Cllr Susan Glossop and MENTA CEO Alex Till at the Harvey Adams Enterprise Centre, in Brandon
Cllr John Griffiths, Cllr Susan Glossop and MENTA CEO Alex Till at the Harvey Adams Enterprise Centre, in Brandon

The new collaboration with West Suffolk Council will also see the Harvey Adams centre cater for micro businesses, offer support and advice, direct businesses to funding, run training and networking events, as well as workshops focused on business planning, cashflow forecasting and marketing.

The move was announced at the opening of the 11th West Suffolk Business Festival on Monday.

Alex Till, chief executive of MENTA said: “We are excited to continue a great working partnership with West Suffolk Council and support more organisations in the region.

Our new work space in Brandon is already welcoming tenants who are benefiting from great value facilities and, of course, they have access to our complimentary support and advisory services.”

Cllr John Griffiths, Leader of West Suffolk Council, said: “We are delighted to be working with MENTA in Brandon, investing in the future of local entrepreneurs and supporting them in turning their concepts and ideas into successful businesses.

“This will help create further opportunities for jobs, growth and prosperity in west Suffolk. This tried and tested partnership has already supported many fledgling and new start-ups in Bury St Edmunds and in Haverhill where we and others recently invested in the expansion of the MENTA Business Centre – and our vision is to bring that advice and support to Brandon to help achieve similar growth and success.

Cllr Susan Glossop, Cabinet Member for Growth at West Suffolk Council, said: “We are part of the Cambridge to Norwich Tech Corridor and so this represents an opportunity to invest not only in supporting local entrepreneurs in developing their ideas, but also in supporting skills growth for the future.

Businesses wanting information on office availability at MENTA sites or the advisory and support services and the MENTA networking events should contact paul@menta.org.uk or suzanne@menta.org.uk

For more on the West Suffolk Business Festival, visit: www.businessfestival.org

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