Training firm moves to enterprise centre

Blackpool's Enterprise Centre has welcomed more new businesses through its doors in the last six months.

Friday, 17th March 2017, 12:00 pm
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 11:01 am
Blackpool Enterprise Centre

Since September, two new businesses have moved in and four businesses have expanded their presence.

The centre in South Shore is designed to meet the needs of young, growing and established businesses, whether working from home, moving to a first office, or looking for space to expand.

The glass fronted three-storey building is home to a vibrant business community.

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It offers fully equipped conference and training facilities, shared and managed business services and office accommodation.

PHX Training is one of the most recent companies to make the hub its home.

The business, which employs nine, moved in at the start of 2017 after being impressed by the “dynamic and positive impact” the facilities have on developing businesses in Blackpool.

With seven centres stretching from Carlisle to Southport, PHX Training chose the location to help deliver courses to the unemployed; helping them gain a foot in the door with employers and flourish as self-employed people with a vision of growing their own business.

Set up in 2004, the company has helped hundreds of people gain employment by offering a variety of courses through Learn Direct and other government-funded initiatives.

Their Blackpool base delivers courses in maths, English and IT skills to boost employability chances.

Coun Mark Smith, Cabinet Member for Business and Economic Development, said: “Blackpool Council’s Enterprise Centre continues to go from strength to strength. It is a wonderful facility for both new and expanding businesses. It’s good news to see so many organisations are choosing this location.”

Dan Scott, managing director, PHX Training, said: “The building is fantastic and really caters to what we need as a training provider.

“Some people can be very intimidated about learning a new skill so we wanted it to be a welcoming environment and, from the moment you set foot into these managed offices, you get that sense.”