A NEW centre has opened to provide a boost to smaller businesses.

On Tuesday, 30 January Hart District Council officially unveiled the new Hart Business Centre alongside local businesses and organisations including the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), Chamber of Commerce and Enterprise M3 Growth Hub.

The new Business Centre will be a hub for local businesses to find support, hold meetings and rent a desk.

There are 14 desks available to rent, a meeting room which holds 6 people, an informal meeting space, printing facilities and a hot drinks machine.

Speaking about the facilities Amy Summers, communications and economic development manager at Hart District Council said: “This is a fantastic new facility for local businesses to use. Over the past year we have been engaging with micro and start-up business and office space has been a key barrier to enable small business growth. By providing this space we hope to encourage businesses to branch out who currently work from home and make use of the business support opportunities we will be introducing in the next couple of months.”

The new facility is based on the ground floor in the Hart District Council offices in Fleet.

Councillor David Neighbour, leader of Hart District Council, said: “This new facility is just one of a range of projects we as a Council aim to deliver to the local business community. Our three-year Action Plan was formally adopted by the Council in October last year and we continue to have the local economic prosperity right at the heart of Council activities.”

For more information about the Hart Business Centre, go to hart.gov.uk/business-centre.