Derby innovation centre expands support
St Peter's Innovation Centre in Derby has introduced a wider range of support options for entrepreneurs in the city following the completion of a pilot programme.
The centre was opened in the church earlier this year offering desk space, meeting facilities and mentoring support for start-up businesses and social enterprises.
Businesses are now able to rent a desk for one day a week rather than commit long-term.
Innovation Centre development manager Elaine Nanson said: "Since launching as a pilot project earlier this year, we have learnt that growing entrepreneurs need greater flexibility rather than being tied down to office accommodation five days a week.
"We have therefore introduced a much wider package to ensure that we can tailor our service to suit each individual licence holder and support them in their aspirations to move into larger office accommodation elsewhere in the city, expand and create more local jobs."
The project was welcomed by Stephen Jeffery, board chairman of St Peter's Quarter Business Improvement District.
He added: "As the businesses here grow, they will hopefully expand into surrounding empty properties and contribute greatly to the regeneration of this part of the city centre."