Amidst the pandemic, The EpiCentre in Haverhill continues to show growth and recently welcomed its tenth customer to the innovation centre.
Joining the Oxford Innovation’s group of 26 centres around the UK, The EpiCentre opened last November and has quickly put itself on the map for organisations that want more than just office space in the East of England. Part of this is the ‘Back to Business’ initiative which appears to be gathering pace.
The latest company to join The EpiCentre is start-up - Gardening for Kids, a family-owned business that has outgrown its garage and has managed to navigate its way through the last year to a position of strength and now needs bigger premises for the growing business.
Centre Manager Kelly Boosey, says: “The green shoots are now showing through clearly and signing up Gardening for Kids is a great example.”
In less than six months, The EpiCentre has welcomed a variety of occupiers ranging from bio-tech companies taking space in the laboratories that come fully fitted-out with specialist equipment to technology consultancies like Snowing Data who offer IT services for both start-ups and established businesses. The centre is also becoming popular amongst companies just wanting ‘touch down’ space as and when needed.
“The beauty of The EpiCentre is that there are no huge commitments”, says Kelly, “rolling monthly contracts give our customers complete flexibility and peace of mind. There are office rooms of all sizes, together with hot desks and co-working spaces that are all COVID-safe.
While working from home has become the norm during the pandemic there is clear evidence that companies are now wanting to return to workspaces with all the benefits of face-to-face interaction and in an environment that cultivates and inspires collaboration that will help organisations that are ready to come back stronger.
“And this is where Oxford Innovation really adds value, through the business support it gives its occupiers,” comments Kelly. “This should never be undervalued. Having support to hand to help companies navigate challenges, gain clarity and help create clear strategies is a valuable asset that is available to all customers at The EpiCentre. We look forward to welcoming the next 10 occupiers that need more than just a desk when it comes to growth and acceleration.”