The Business Exchange Swindon & Wiltshire October 2014 - Page 6
THE DOORS OPEN TO
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
“The hub has been developed to meet
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
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
For a full list of prices and benefits, log on
To book a space, call 01672 552355
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THE BUSINESS EXCHANGE 2014
Swindon Mindful Employer Network
is hosting a conference on Thursday 6
November at Nationwide House, Pipers
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
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