Amber Court was officially opened by the Lord Mayor of Newcastle upon Tyne, Councillor David Cook, and Khalid Aziz, BizSpace’s Marketing Director, at a launch event where The Lord Mayor gave a speech discussing the growing importance of the SME community to the economy in the North East.
The Lord Mayor, Councillor David Cook, said: “Small businesses and entrepreneurs play a vital role in the health of the North East’s economy and we’re committed to supporting them. Providing great spaces where they can create, collaborate and thrive is hugely important as the city's and region's economy diversifies. BizSpace is already well established in the North East and, with Amber Court, they have transformed a well-located but tired building into another exceptional and good-value workspace that is ideally suited to support the SMEs that will make such a significant contribution to the future prosperity of our area when it needs to replace the industries of the past.”
Amber Court is in an excellent location close to Newcastle city centre, the A1 motorway and Newcastle Central train station and provides 55,851 sq. ft. of office space over three floors (and plenty of free parking!).
The refurbishment has created a range of individual workspaces, from 150 sq. ft., to 1,000 sq. ft. The units and communal spaces have been designed to provide high-quality, practical places to work whilst fostering a sense of community, appealing to Newcastle’s growing contingent of micro-businesses, freelancers, entrepreneurs and SMEs.
Newcastle City Council has encouraged the growth of small enterprises in recent years. The Business and Intellectual Property Centre, which is based within the city’s library, provides free information and advice to help small and medium-sized businesses grow. BizSpace’s launch of Amber Court supports the council’s vision to make the city a great place to work and provides a strong platform for local start-ups.
Emma Long, commercial director of BizSpace, said: “Newcastle has experienced astonishing business growth in recent years. The number of people in employment has increased by 29% since the early noughties and the city is known as one of the UK’s most entrepreneurial locations. So, it’s no surprise that we already have more than 450 customers in the North East, and our launch of Amber Court reflects the fact that demand from small businesses looking for flexible, convenient workspace is continuing to grow.”
The team at Amber Court have already welcomed their first customer, InkedIn Hairline, and have shown many more small business owners the space last week at the official launch event. To find out more about Amber Court, or to enquire about a space click here.