"As a new business, managing our outgoings is a top priority for us, so the flexible office space and the flexible terms offered by Business in Focus are ideal."
Incom Wales Managing Director, Dean James
SMEs have long been the backbone of the Welsh economy, accounting for billions being added into the economy. The entrepreneurs at the helm of these exciting ventures are now increasingly focused upon keeping costs down, attracting talent and providing a first class environments for their teams. One of the key ways they are doing this is by driving the trend for flexible working and flexible work spaces and this is a need that Business In Focus has long been attuned to.
Across the Business In Focus property portfolio, from Cardiff to Merthyr Tydfil, Treforest to Newport approximately 350 small and medium sized firms are taking advantage of its offer, tailored to small and medium sized businesses in Wales, with tenants making the most of flexible leases, meeting rooms, pleasant communal areas and facilities, as well as access to a wide range of business support services such as The Start Up Loan Company, Business Wales & Superfast Business Wales.
A great example of this is at the new Merthyr Tydfil site, Crownford House. This is already home to several Welsh SME’s including Alpha Safety Training Ltd, Roberts Keen IFA, Karen Blake Coaching, Trident Civil Engineering and Incom Wales.
Incom Wales Managing Director, Dean James, says: “As a new business, managing our outgoings is a top priority for us, so the flexible office space and the flexible terms offered by Business in Focus are ideal - having a simple monthly cost all rolled into one bill is invaluable. Also, we plan to move into larger premises within Crownford House as we grow, rather than having to uproot the business to move elsewhere. It is also useful to be within a building with other entrepreneurs and start-ups – we share experiences and advice with each other. Since we provide business communications we have actually gained work from our neighbours in Crownford House, and from Business in Focus too, which is very useful as a small firm."
Gareth Jones, Property Manager at Business in Focus says: “We are very proud of our growing property portfolio, not just because it shows that Business In Focus is healthy and thriving, but also because it means we are playing our part, as a social enterprise, in supporting some of the most valuable contributors to the Welsh economy.
“Latest Federation of Small Business figures show small businesses in Wales turn over £126m per day. Behind these figures are thousands of small businesses who are providing local employment and services throughout our communities. We are about to launch two more incubator spaces, in Carmarthen and Newtown. These are the enterprise hubs we are delivering for the Welsh Government, as part of its £4 million investment in enterprise and to provide the kind of working environment SMEs need.
“It is clear from a number of recent studies, that entrepreneurs are looking for a new kind of working life and this includes a new kind of office space and business support system too. We are proud to be able to meet these needs and to give entrepreneurs the kind of meaningful support they need in order to be successful.”