Leicester Business Centre £2.3m revamp completed

New offices, an exhibition area and conference space were added

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A £2.3m redevelopment of a business centre in Leicester has been completed.

The Leicester Business Centre on Ross Walk, Belgrave, provides more than 50 offices and training facilities to help set up and support local businesses.

City Mayor Peter Soulsby, who will formally open the centre, said the facilities offered a "professional" place for companies to do business.

Since 2004, the centre said it had helped develop 115 new businesses and created more than 600 jobs.

An exhibition area, conference area, lounge, cafe, seven offices and 25 business units were among the facilities added in the last phase of the project.

'Nurture and support'

Mr Soulsby said: "Leicester Business Centre is a great example of what can be done to regenerate a disused building and give it a new lease of life helping nurture and support local entrepreneurs and up-and-coming businesses.

"The facilities on offer make it a professional, welcoming and relaxing place for local firms and clients to do business."

Leicester City Council said more than 10 of the new business units were currently occupied at the former industrial site.

Mike Dalzell, head of economic regeneration at Leicester City Council, said: "The Leicester Business Centre has consistently returned excellent financial results and has been of great practical assistance to many local businesses.

"We have proved over the years that quality workspace schemes support the local economy."

Grants from a range of regeneration programmes, including the European Regional Development Fund, has funded the redevelopment work.

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