9th Dec, 2019

Start-up businesses could soon thrive in City Centre office space

AMBITIOUS plans could see unused council office space in the heart of Worcester offered up to start-up and small high-tech businesses.

Worcester City Council has revealed proposals to convert 2 Copenhagen Street to offer small start-ups desks to work from, WIFI and coffee.

The £60,000 project is due to be debated on by councillors on the Place and Economic Development Sub-Committee next Monday.

Council chiefs came up with the idea after being inspired by The Kiln – a Worcester based collaborative office space scheme for the high-tech and creative business community in the city.

Funding for the project would come from the City Council’s New Homes Bonus pot of cash in order to make adaptations to the building to enable The Kiln to establish the co-working space.

If councillors approve the plans then the new facility could open its doors in spring 2018.

Coun Geoff Williams, Vice Chair of the Place and Economic Development Sub-Committee, said: “The City Council wants to support creative new businesses, and to be a real catalyst for innovation.

Coun Lucy Hodgson, Chair of the Place and Economic Development Sub-Committee, said: “Now that we have a vacant building, it makes sense for us to look0 closely at the potential of using it to provide the type of flexible accommodation which start-up businesses and entrepreneurs are looking for.”

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