It’s true; business centres really do help start ups and growing companies weather the storm. Despite the current economic conditions, small businesses are thriving thanks to flexible services that help them react quickly to their ever changing environment.

Hereford-based company Rob Gwilliam Web and Graphics is one local business that is doing exceptionally well despite the current economy.

Rob Gwilliam said: “Despite the economic challenges I am finding that there are plenty of business opportunities to be capitalised on; you just have to be willing to adapt in order to find them.”

Up until two months ago, Rob worked from home and felt that having a more professional image would help him win more work. “I moved into an office within the Rural Enterprise Centre in January and since then have won 22 new clients. I always felt Hereford had a thriving business community but many companies felt they needed to go to Birmingham or London for their design requirements. By taking a risk and moving into an office, I have been able to demonstrate to local businesses that a Hereford company can compete with the big city groups.

“Business has taken off so rapidly that I am currently working with a student from Hereford Art College, where I used to teach. It was always my vision to offer practical experience to one of their degree students every year and this boom has allowed me to begin fulfilling this dream and continue to invest in Hereford’s future entrepreneurs.”

Evans Easyspace, who manages the Rural Enterprise Centre on Rotherwas Industrial Estate, says that demand for workspace has been high from new and growing local businesses since the centre, a partnership with Advantage West Midlands’ Rural Regeneration Zone and Herefordshire Council, opened last August.

The centre promotes sustainable design and has been built to achieve a Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) rating of ‘Very Good’ for its environmental performance so the businesses who locate here can do so with confidence, knowing that they are working in a building that meets high environmental standards.

Herefordshire’s other Rural Enterprise Centre in Leominster offers 9 offices and 13 workshops that have also been designed to achieve a ‘Very Good’ BREEAM rating.

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