A COMMEMORATIVE plaque celebrating 20 years of supporting small business has been unveiled at Basepoint Basingstoke.

Doing the unveiling honours at the business centre, in Stroudley Road, was the Mayor of Basingstoke and Deane Councillor Dan Putty, who spoke of how impressed he is with the ethos of Basepoint, which is wholly owned by the ACT Foundation charitable trust.

He said: “Basepoint centres are not run like ordinary business centres. As well as providing a range of flexible serviced and managed offices and meeting rooms, Base-point aims to build small and medium-sized business communities that add value to the area they are in.

“In addition to supporting local businesses, Basepoint is well known as a supporter of local charities. This year Basepoint Basingstoke is supporting St Michael’s Hospice and is hoping to be able to match fund them up to £10,000.”

The first Basepoint centre opened in Romsey back in 1994, with a centre opening in Basingstoke in April 2001.

Now there are 30 centres across the UK, all of which are marking the anniversary with a commemorative plaque.

Anne Willis, Basepoint Basingstoke centre manager, said: “Basepoint has gone from strength to strength, growing from one centre in 1994 to 30 today and support-ing thousands of businesses, so we are pleased to be able to commemorate this.

“We are thankful to all of the licensees and businesses who attended our celebrations and made it such a momen-tous occasion.”