Innovation Centre open evening aims to boost Harborough economy


(left to right) Mick Judge and Andrew Granger at the open evening

(left to right) Mick Judge and Andrew Granger at the open evening

Businesses looking for office space were invited to an open evening at the Innovation Centre in Market Harborough last month (February). The event was designed to attract companies to the area and encourage new business start-ups in the Harborough district. Attendance was good and the evening generated a higher than expected turnout according to Harborough based letting agents Andrew Granger & Co.

 Andrew Granger & Co have been the centre’s sole letting agents since it opened in August 2011 and they decided to host the event in order to showcase the units and commercial facilities to potential occupants. The £4.2 million Innovation Centre has already played an important part in attracting outside investment to the local economy and in boosting support for start-up businesses in the region.

“Starting a business can be a daunting prospect so the Innovation Centre offers a valuable ready made infrastructure and support system for small and start-up businesses that they would otherwise be without,” comments Andrew Granger, who helped organise the event. “With a range of unit sizes and flexible leases, the centre is suitable for businesses from one member of staff upwards.”

 The site offers 52 offices and 8 studio / meeting rooms ranging in size from 175 square feet to over 1,000 square feet. There are a number of shared facilities such as kitchen amenities, copy machines and meeting rooms. There is also a reception desk staffed between 9am- 5pm Monday to Friday and the option of a virtual office space for home based workers. Prices start from £340 a month for office rental and £100 a month for the virtual office service.

Mick Judge, Manager of the Innovation Centre was delighted by the turnout, “It was a great evening with lots of prospective tenants. We really wanted to show that the Innovation Centre is much more than a collection of office space.  We hope that we have created an environment at the centre that nurtures a success culture that will encourage local business growth and job creation.”

 Anyone interested in renting one of the business units should call Andrew Granger & Co on 01858 431 315 to discuss their requirements or to arrange a viewing. More information is available at

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