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MENTA Business Centre in Haverhill unveils £590,000 expansion to offer space to entrepreneurs




A business centre has unveiled a £590,000 expansion to offer space and support to entrepreneurs, new start-ups, existing firms and those considering self-employment.

The extension at MENTA Business Centre, in Hollands Road, Haverhill, has now opened, bringing four new units, a reception area and larger meeting spaces, with electric vehicle chargers to be fitted.

West Suffolk Council, which owns the building, invested £538,000, including money from developer contributions, while New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership and MENTA also contributed.

Susan Glossop with John Griffiths and MENTA chief executive Alex Till at the opening of the business centre extension. Picture: Mark Westley
Susan Glossop with John Griffiths and MENTA chief executive Alex Till at the opening of the business centre extension. Picture: Mark Westley

Alex Till, CEO of MENTA, said they were now ‘best placed’ to deliver the services clients and the wider community needed with expanded onsite training, one-to-one business support and space options including retail.

“The business centre has a fresh and dynamic feel for a fast-evolving business sector,” he said.

Gipping Construction carried out the building work.

Cllr John Griffiths, leader of West Suffolk Council, noted that the investment would help further new enterprise and jobs growth in the area.

“Small businesses are the lifeblood of the economy and centres such as this, offering excellent advice and support as well as a place within which new entrepreneurs can start their business, are a key part of our economic recovery,” he said.

“I’m delighted that this extension to the MENTA Business Centre is now open and that there is already interest in these new units.

“I’m very much looking forward to seeing the future success stories that they help establish here in West Suffolk.”

It follows the authority’s recent investment in Haverhill Research Park and Enterprise Zone.

Cllr Susan Glossop, cabinet member for growth, said many people would have re-evaluated their career during the pandemic.

“MENTA offers a great service to help both new and existing businesses in whatever change of direction they may be taking,” she said.

“I’m sure the extended building and the facilities it offers, alongside our other investments will help support the economic recovery in this part of West Suffolk.”

Chris Starkie, chief executive of New Anglia LEP, highlighted that the way people work has changed over the last year and the units, which have flexible terms, were ‘sure to be popular’.

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