One of the South’s most popular presenters has officially launched a small business centre for start-ups and expanding firms at a thriving business park near Portsmouth.

BBC South’s Sally Taylor was on hand as celebrity guest to cut the symbolic red ribbon at the opening of the new business suites at Langstone Technology Park, Havant.

The fully-furnished business suites, from one workstation upwards, are offered on flexible terms and available for immediate occupation.

Gary Medlow, Managing Director of Fasset, which manages the 43-acre park, said: “The business suites ideally suit smaller occupiers who want to be part of a vibrant, exciting environment with access to centralised facilities such as the restaurant, Starbucks, grab-and-go shop, hired meeting rooms and a gym.

“As I mentioned to regional property agents last October when they came on a fact-finding tour of the park, there is definitely a growing market demand for smaller accommodation by companies wanting flexible and competitively-priced accommodation, IT support, high-speed internet connectivity, parking, decent office space and excellent road, rail and public transport links.”

He added: “The business suites have been an amazing success so far, the first phase is now fully occupied and we have subsequently invested in phase 2, a further 4,625 sq ft (429 sq m) which we expect to be filled in a short space of time.

“Occupiers like the fact they can portray a professional business image with our best-in-class location and self-delivered services, from reception and cleaning to IT support and security, ensuring all-round excellence. There is also the scope for occupiers to grow into follow-up space on site, or remain the original size.”

Ms Taylor, who is an MBE for services to regional broadcasting, praised the “lovely feel” of the business suites and complimented the park for its vibrant sense of community.

She also said how refreshing it was to see facilities geared to home workers who require a professional office away from home, to further improve productivity and reduce any sense of isolation. She was also impressed with the restaurant and highlighted the benefits of networking with fellow professionals based on site.

More than 25 guests from the business community in and around Portsmouth attended the launch, including Havant’s mayor, Councillor Jackie Branson.

Langstone Technology Park is operated by regional technology parks specialist Fasset, which invested £18m in upgrades and has space availability of between 100 sq ft (30 sq m) and 50,000 sq ft (15,240 sq m) for offices, call centres, warehousing, loading and data storage.

Companies at the park include electronics giant Hitachi, organic tomatoes grower Wight Salads, telecoms specialist AT&T, and national mapping agency Ordnance Survey. Suites include a workstation, desk, chair, pedestal, storage cupboard, telephone handset with DDI number and voicemail and CAT 5e cabling for voice/data connectivity.

PICTURE: From left, BBC South presenter Sally Taylor, Fasset managing director Gary Medlow and Councillor Jackie Branson, the mayor of Havant

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