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Strength in Diversity

Strength in Diversity
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Strength in Diversity

Small and medium sized companies in Colchester are showing their ability to adapt quickly and build new business even in tough times, says Capital Enterprise Centres (CEC).

CEC Operations Director David Clapham is impressed by the way in which businesses based at the Colchester Business and Seedbed Centre are dealing with the recession.

He says: “Some businesses have obviously run into difficulties and we have done all we can to help them but overall we have been very impressed by the flexibility shown by companies and their tremendous determination to open up new opportunities.”

The Centre has more than 40 businesses in offices, studios and workshops. These include companies from the service sector, light manufacturing, distribution, leisure and retail. Together they form a busy business hub which illustrates the essential strength of local economy.

There are companies offering essential business advice such as Firepoint-UK Ltd which carries out fire surveys and offers a range of training packages, and retailers such as Framewerks, offering bespoke and commercial picture framing for the home, office or exhibitions.

The Centre also provides a base for specialist niche companies such as Cask Marque which offers pubs an independent quality accreditation, promoting standards of excellence in beer quality.

David Clapham adds: “Our aim is to help companies like this succeed by taking away all property management concerns and leaving them free to run their businesses. We believe that this is a recipe for success and our track record proves it.”

CEC lets space on a simple monthly licence with a fee that includes on-site management, maintenance, building insurance, refuse collection, security, water rates and the cleaning of common areas. Flexible easy in – easy out terms allow businesses to set up and expand without commitment to long leases. A Centre Manager provides property management services.

In addition to a range of office, studio and workshop space many CEC Centres also offer a comprehensive Virtual Service for businesses working from home and a full range of business continuity arrangements for larger companies.