In a speech in Leeds on Monday 23rd January, Prime Minster David Cameron suggested that redundant desk space in the public sector could be made available to new companies.
BCA executive director Jennifer Brooke said:
“Simply offering redundant space to start ups is only a small part of the solution. New companies need professional in-house support as offered by BCA members. This includes: space management, plug and go connectivity, comprehensive business support services and, most importantly, very flexible rental terms that allow occupiers to expand or contract without financial penalty – easy in easy out terms.
“The BCA is a privately- led, professional trade association and our members operate to the highest standards from 950 locations. As well as offering long term stability, BCA members understand the needs of companies at all stages of development, from start-ups, sole traders, to growing businesses and SMEs.
“All BCA members operate within strict professional and ethical guidelines, as defined by the organisation’s Code of Conduct and Consumer Charter.
“The United Kingdom leads the world in flexible expertise and best practice, with 40 million square feet of flexible space including studios, light industrial, offices, co-working environments and hubs. The flexible space sector currently nurtures 40,000 small companies across the United Kingdom.
“We warmly welcome the Prime Minister’s desire to ‘light new fires of ambition in the economy’ and call on the Government and local authorities to form strategic alliances with BCA members. They are standing by with their professionalism and flexible space management expertise to support this initiative.
“Engaging with the private sector would give the Government a genuine head start in the StartUp Britain campaign and would stimulate growth in the regions where it is most needed.”