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Chichester DC Cabinet recommends that £4 million is invested into Enterprise Gateway to boost the local economy
3rd April 2014

Chichester District Council's Cabinet is recommending that £4 million is invested into a new Enterprise Gateway, providing 90 offices, studios and workshops in a new purpose built development for local businesses

It is forecast that the project, which would be based on Terminus Road in Chichester, could create around 275 new jobs every three years and contribute to an improvement in business survival rates. The project will now be discussed at Full Council on 20 May, where a final decision will be made. If given the go-ahead it is expected to be completed in Summer 2016.

If given the go-ahead, the project would offer new businesses flexibility on office arrangements, with the ability to rent space for just two weeks. The aim is to help businesses get off to a good start and to have access to the support that they need to make their business successful. This will include working with local education providers and business support groups to offer support and business mentoring schemes.

The council's research shows that the area is in need of a new high quality development where new businesses can rent space. The aim is to work in partnership with other organisations in the development and operating stage.

Councillor Josef Ransley, Cabinet Member for Support Services at Chichester District Council, says: "If given the go-ahead by Full Council this dedicated, modern facility would enable businesses to grow and flourish, helping to create new, high quality jobs for local people.

"We want to encourage economic growth in the district and this project is a major part of the council's encouragement of local business development. It will give a real boost to businesses over the next few years, which will be of real and lasting value in our area."

Ninety business units ranging from 100 to 750 sq ft would be offered, with some of the space offering flexible rental terms. The development will offer office, studio and workshop units, along with dedicated car parking on a 1.5 acre site.



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