New hub offers work space for small businesses
Sole traders and start-ups looking for a place to work or hold meetings in Marlborough now have a new facility at their disposal - the town's only business hub.
Marlborough Business Hub has opened in the offices of KFS Business Solutions in Elcot Mews, just off the A4 London Road and not far from the town's football club.
The 12-desk hub offers workstation hire - with phone, wi-fi and access to a colour printer - by the day or week, and a bookable meeting room with space for up to six delegates, along with a comfy break-out area with sofas.
Businesses can also benefit from networking with other professionals using the space. Accountants, web designers and IT consultants are already based at the hub, and meeting room bookers can also hire the services of a PA and secretary, who is based in the offices.
Karen Shergold, managing director of KFS Business Solutions, identified the need for a business hub after moving into the Elcot Lane business park last year.
"As an accountant I meet a lot of start-ups, especially sole traders," she said. "It became clear that many were homeworkers who did not want the expense of a permanent office, but could benefit from hiring a desk or a meeting room on a casual basis.
“The hub has been developed to meet that need."
Desks for hire at Marlborough Business HubDesks for hire at Marlborough Business HubKaren, who is chapter director of the Marlborough branch of business referrals organisation BNI - which meets on Friday mornings at Ogbourne Downs Golf Club - added: “Using the hub also gives start-ups and sole traders access to a wealth of business advice and support.”
And the opening of the hub has been welcomed by Marlborough Chamber of Commerce. President Alex Minoudis said: “There’s a real need for occasional desk and meeting room hire in Marlborough. This initiative is just what small businesses in Marlborough need.”
Daily hot-desking costs £15 per day, while dedicated desk hire is £60 per week. Meeting room hire is £10 an hour, £15 for two hours, or £55 per day. The hub offers free parking and disabled access and toilet facilities, and is open between 9am and 5pm daily.