New Felixstowe centre for businesses

A NEW business centre has been opened on the edge of Felixstowe port.

A NEW business centre has been opened on the edge of Felixstowe port.

The IPSENTA project is one of the first occupiers of the new Summit Business Park in Langer Road and is designed to be a place of ready advice and office workspace for the business community.

The new centre is open to all, but has a specific target in assisting entrepreneurs from disadvantaged backgrounds, particularly those who are disabled.

Enterprise agency IPSENTA gained funding from the East of England Development Agency's Investing in Communities programme for the project and it is also being supported by the Leonard Cheshire Disability charity.

Paul Celerier, IPSENTA vice chairman, said: “In addition to working with and supporting our clients we also offer a wide range of accommodation options to suit individual needs.

“The centre has space for small incubation type businesses as well as hot-desking style facilities where desks are charged out by the hour or day so individuals can use a PC and telephone. In addition there will be meeting rooms.

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“The centre offers a great opportunity for the disadvantaged and disabled communities.

“We hope to reach out and provide innovative support for all members of the business community, perhaps people who would not usually think about starting a business.

“It may be that an idea is there but they are not sure how to develop it. They may mistakenly believe that for some reason they cannot start up in business, unaware of the advice, training and support available to them.”

IPSENTA has offices and workspace at six centres across the county - two in Ipswich, plus Newmarket, Hadleigh, Sudbury and Felixstowe - and helps new and established businesses by providing advice and information on all aspects of running a business, including start-up, survival, success and growth and on-going mentoring.

Since its inception 25 years ago, it has provided more than 30,000 counselling sessions and helped more than 6,000 businesses start up together plus run numerous training courses.

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