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Business is booming at Century Business Centre

Rotherham Investment & Development Office (RiDO) has reported an influx of new businesses to Century Business Centre in Manvers, Rotherham. The business centre is now at 95 per cent occupancy, which is a return to pre-recession levels, with many of the businesses that occupy the 66 office and workshop units reporting continued growth.

Nine new tenants have established themselves at the Business Centre in the past couple of months, offering everything from property management to air conditioning, hose supplies, training services and photography.

Ex-firefighters, Nick Frewin and Chris Clegg, are two entrepreneurs who have recently seized the opportunity to start their own business, after 26 and 30 years respectively with South Yorkshire Fire Service. With support from RiDO, the pair turned their passion for photography into a full time career and made the decision to set up Red Ember Digital at Century Business Centre.

Nick Frewin, co-founder of Red Ember Digital, said: "The support we have received from RiDO has been fantastic and has really helped us to turn our dream of starting a photography business into a reality. We have worked hard to transform our workshop at Century Business Centre into a photography studio and we are already really busy with lots of bookings. As a start up business, having access to mentoring and support from RiDO has been invaluable and the easy-in, easy-out contract has allowed us to get our own premises, without having to enter into a long term commitment."

Amanda Parris, Business Centre Manager for RiDO, said: "It is fantastic to see so many local people pursuing their dreams of starting their own businesses. More and more businesses are recognising the benefits of being located in our business centres and our success rate for businesses that survive those crucial first three years is over 84%, which is well above the national average of 71%."

Heidi and Edward Galvin started their property management company from home and recently made the decision to move into dedicated offices at Century Business Centre.

Heidi Galvin of E Galvin Property Services said: "Moving into the offices at Century Business Centre has already helped us to win new business, thanks to our professional image and the administration and reception support provided by RiDO. The location is excellent as we have easy access to the motorway and the offices are reasonably priced, which has allowed us to benefit from our own premises at a relatively early stage in the business."

Other new businesses at Century Business Centre include MGM Training Academy Ltd, Directhoses Ltd, Andrew Steele, Antler Air Systems Ltd, Otto Simon Ltd, Instant Equity Properties Ltd and Proficient Property Management Ltd.

Many businesses in RiDO's Business Centres and in the Rotherham area are benefiting from RiDO's Growth and Prosperity in Rotherham (Soft Landing Zone) project. This aims to assist Rotherham companies in accessing international markets and also helps foreign inward investors who choose to locate to RiDO's business centres. The project is supported financially by the European Union. It has attracted £842k investment from the European Regional Development Fund as part of Europe's support for the region's economic development through the Yorkshire and Humber ERDF Programme 2007-13.

For more details about Red Ember Digital Photography visit the website www.redemberdigital.co.uk. Information about E. Galvin Property Services can be found at www.egalvinpropertyservices.co.uk.

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