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Hot desking facilities expanded at town centre enterprise hub

Posted on Thursday 8th February 2024
Shire Hall hot desk area

Home workers wanting to separate business from downtime or who need a professional setting for meetings can take advantage of newly expanded facilities at a town centre enterprise hub.

Shire Hall Business Centre in Stafford opened in summer 2022 and hosts businesses from a range of sectors in its flexible tenancy office units. It’s located to the rear of the historic building in the area which once housed the town’s library.

The centre also accommodates hot desk facilities for people who run their own business or work for a larger company where home working for them is common practise. The facilities have now been extended over another floor of the building.

Meeting rooms are also available, giving people a professional setting and in a convenient central location. Anyone using Shire Hall – whether hot desking or in longer-term office units – can use the centre address for their business.

Anyone wanting further information should contact Samantha Neal, centre administrator, at samantha.neal@staffordshire.gov.uk

Like the county council’s other enterprise centres, the Shire Hall offers reception facilities, meeting areas, networking opportunities and business advice and support. The centre opened after an extensive £2million fit out, blending the latest office facilities with heritage building features.

Staffordshire County Council’s deputy leader and cabinet member for economy and skills Philip White said:

The Shire Hall Business Centre has been a huge success for us and for Stafford – offering top quality facilities to small businesses in a professional setting.

Its hot desk and meeting room hire options reflect modern working for people owning their own businesses or who work from home on a regular basis. It means they can work in a different space which has all the town centre amenities and importantly a social aspect to the working day with plenty of networking opportunities. People can also use the centre as their business address, whether they’re an office tenant or use the hot desks.

Most of the office units have been snapped up, but there are a couple remaining for any businesses looking for a fixed space but flexible arrangement.

It’s fantastic to have a thriving business hub in the heart of Stafford. This is playing an important part in the wider regeneration of the town at a time when many other exciting developments are taking place.”

This Shire Hall Business Centre complements county council plans to repurpose and redevelop town centre land occupied by vacant buildings in the Eastgate area. Stafford Borough Council has had a £20million government investment in its station gateway project confirmed, regenerating the wider area around the railway station. It is also implementing its Future High Streets programme and carried out the recent Market Square refurbishment.

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