Businesses from a range of sectors based at a county council enterprise centre are marking the facility’s 20th anniversary.
Waterside Enterprise Centre in Burton is home to 35 businesses at the Centrum 100 site on the edge of the town. The centre has 60 office units and 12 workshop units.
It has proved popular with businesses over two decades because of its on-site centre management, monthly tenancy agreements, meeting and conference facilities, kitchens, ample free parking and 24 hour secure access.
Quantity surveying and project management firm TCQ Surveyors was formed just two years ago though its three employees have a wealth of experience in the industry.
The business has been involved in a broad range of building projects in varying sectors including health, education, residential, retail and leisure, completing projects for Loughborough University, Circle Health, Macmillan, The Lincolnshire Co-operative and Virgin Media among others.
TCQ director Cos Evangelou said:
I had been looking for premises for some time and moved into Waterside Court In July of this year.
It has been an excellent choice and visiting clients have commended it highly. The centre provides excellent road links, flexible leasing arrangements, plenty of parking and great security measures and excellent support from the facilities team.”
Home Instead is a business which helps people to live independently by providing a range of non-medical care services to people in their homes; including help with day–to-day tasks, personal care and companionship. It supports mainly older people in Burton-on-Trent and the surrounding villages.
The business is run by Jenny and John Winfieldale, who bought the Home Instead franchise for Burton in 2010.
After a look around at various office facilities we chose to locate in Waterside Court. Since then the business has grown steadily to 80 employees.
The offices are well maintained and safety is taken seriously. The management team is helpful and accommodating. Most of all, there is a friendly atmosphere amongst like-minded tenants.
Social care is often in the news for the wrong reasons, but we are passionate about delivering a high quality service to our community.”
Lush Occasions provides an extensive range of wedding accessories, including Ice chairs, chair covers, centre pieces and backdrops, as well as teams to dress venues. Along with director Louise Hughes there is one full-time and two part-time employees.
Louise Hughes said:
We provide a bespoke service to our clients who are looking for a company with great ideas and fantastic service to style their event or special day.
Waterside Court has been a Godsend. After 11 years of working from home my venue styling business was taking over my home and the time had come to take the next step to grow my business.
My business is now flourishing and I feel part of a wider team with all of the other unit tenants being so welcoming and helpful.
Having the space to evolve my business and the support from the centre team with access to help and training has been absolutely fantastic. I’m very excited for what the future holds now for Lush Occasions.”
Staffordshire County Council’s economic growth leader Mark Winnington said:
Waterside Court has been a real success story over the last two decades and is now home to 35 thriving businesses from various sectors.
Small businesses play a vital part in our economy and it is great to see the ones based at Waterside doing so well and looking forward to future growth. We are pleased to have been able to provide premises for them with facilities like meeting rooms, parking and flexible monthly tenancy agreements. This enables them to concentrate on running their business.
Businesses also tell us the set-up of our centres also provides great networking opportunities. They may be in different sectors and offer different services, but businesses of similar size deal with the same issues – from employment law to accessing finance. Enterprise centres offer an ideal environment for this, and our centre teams can also signpost them to other business support opportunities.”