‘Super Seven’ take root at flourishing innovation centre
A series of summer signings has seen an innovation centre for small-to-medium sized enterprises in the South record 92% occupancy.
Of the 70 offices at Ocean Village Innovation Centre, Southampton, just five are available.
Centre manager Stephen Deller said: “The demand this summer for commercial space has been phenomenal, with occupiers drawn to a healthy ecosystem of companies which support one another through trade or advice.
“There have been seven signings, including one firm expanding its footprint on site, taking occupancy to 92%, with just five of the 70 offices available.
“With more than 40 companies on site, and external firms, we’re also seeing growing demand for our hired meeting rooms.
“A number of occupiers have taken root here after first hiring the meeting facilities – they’ve seen first-hand the vibrancy, energy and go-getting attitude which exemplify the businesses here at Ocean Village Innovation Centre.
“Another draw is that we provide, through our in-house Innovation Director Richard May, business planning advice, coaching and mentoring.”
Latest companies to move in are recruitment firm Bond Williams, Bracknell Roofing, Timberflow, MJM Marine, Prolec and JK Digital Consulting, with DHI Water Environments doubling to 12 work stations.
“A number of occupiers have taken root here after first hiring the meeting facilities – they’ve seen first-hand the vibrancy, energy and go-getting attitude which exemplify the businesses here at Ocean Village Innovation Centre".
Stephen Deller, Centre Manager at Ocean Village Innovation Centre
Other occupiers include maritime companies Svitzer Marine, Marine Space and YA Logistics UK, business organisation Business South, employment solutions specialists Stellamar, CER Education Recruitment and Eden Brown, Mastervolt, an expert in electrical system and component technology, UBS Wealth Management and law advisers Rowe-Sparkes Partnership and Tennyson Chambers.
Earlier this year Stellamar signed up to a further year, having grown over 30 months from two desks to five open-plan offices with 11 staff.
Ocean Village Innovation Centre provides offices and meeting facilities for start-ups, early-stage firms and outsourced businesses in a supportive easy-in, easy-out environment, with all-inclusive packages and competitive prices.
Oxford Innovation Space delighted to be managing its first London based innovation centre
Oxford Innovation Space manages the largest network of innovation centres across the UK and Ireland, with FBC Clerkenwell bringing their current total to 28 managed centres, with a further four in the pipeline. Businesses within these centres directly benefit from their business support onsite, access to business angels and funding, as well as being part of the wider network of centres.
Taking tech companies to the next level
Tech businesses looking to commercialise new ideas will be able to draw upon expert help at a special afternoon event in Hampshire.
An innovation and growth session takes place at Ocean Village Innovation Centre (OVIC), at Ocean Marina in Southampton, on Wednesday, 7 June.
Orchard blossoms in first year with new staff and recruitment
A recruitment consultancy in Southampton marked its first anniversary by making two employment moves of its own.
Orchard Recruiting, based at business hub Ocean Village Innovation Centre (OVIC), recruited Laura Baker as a permanent consultant and Rachel Marshall as a recruitment advisor.
Founded by Lisa Orchard, the firm has seen demand steadily increase from companies struggling to fill vacancies or expand themselves due to the UK’s labour shortage.
The start-up focuses on filling roles such as office administrators and customer service – temporary and permanent – for employers and job seekers, including in finance, accountancy, marketing, insurance, law, HR and manufacturing.