The Business Exchange Swindon & Wiltshire October 2014 - Page 6

BUSINESS NEWS THE DOORS OPEN TO MARLBOROUGH’S FIRST BUSINESS HUB Leadership, Resilience and Wellbeing 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 startups, 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.” Karen, 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. For a full list of prices and benefits, log on to To book a space, call 01672 552355 or email: At Jazzbones we create eye-catching design, innovative websites and branding that conveys your unique brand story. But what makes us different is that we invest time in getting to know our clients and the nature of their business. We believe that genuine creative partnerships are the only way toproduce truly bespoke designs and results-based marketing campaigns. If you’re looking for a creative partner that offers a personalised service and cost-effective excellence, we would love to hear from you today. Want to know more? Let’s chat 01793 847300 or visit: Jazzbones Creative Ltd. Second Floor, Cornmarket House, High Street, Old Town, Swindon SN1 3EP 6 THE BUSINESS EXCHANGE 2014 Swindon Mindful Employer Network is hosting a conference on Thursday 6 November at Nationwide House, Pipers Way, Swindon. The event will focus on building a healthier business through leadership, resilience and wellbeing. Key speakers on the day will include Mark Harper MP, the Minister of State for Disabled People and Dr Sabir Giga, Director of PHD Programmes and Senior Lecturer in Organisational Health and Wellbeing at Lancaster University. The event will help you to understand more about the impact of mental health on your business and how to support people with mental illness get back to work. The conference runs from 10am1.30pm with lunch until 2.15pm courtesy of Baxter Storey. Attendance is free to representatives of employers in the Swindon area, but booking is essential. For more details email: