Wythenshawe Community Housing Groups, award winning Enterprise Centre provides business advice and support for Wythenshawe entrepreneurs and has seen some amazing success stories operating out of the centre.
The most recent collaboration between office tenants and Wythenshawe resident Xelex Global Ltd started their business in 2015 which has now gone on to an international venture.
Now fully established, their international sales include innovative chemical products and renewable technologies for heating and cooling, cleaning and energy reduction. Their research and development starts with the primary aim to reduce carbon emissions and create energy savings. The company has established a base in Mauritius the gateway to Africa, and is now installing its energy reducing Solar Thermal Collector technology for air conditioning systems in two shopping malls, where 104 collectors are currently being installed.
UA Antia (UK) Ltd commenced trading in April 2014 and as demand for services increased, the business sought office space and became tenants of the Enterprise Centre in 2017. The business provides consultancy services to the UK construction industry specifically in the areas of Geo-environmental Consultancy and Environmental Monitoring. The company also has a base in Ghana where it works on major infrastructure projects, one being connecting businesses with fibre.
Through networking opportunities at the Enterprise Centre these two businesses saw an opportunity to collaborate. UA Antia is currently rolling out broadband infrastructure to businesses in Ghana, and saw an opportunity to introduce energy saving technologies such as the ones Xelex provides in Mauritius to Ghana businesses. It therefore made sense to create a joint venture in Ghana.
Director of Xelex Global, Peter Lapczynsky said, “We both have business contacts out in Africa. Without being based at the Enterprise Centre we wouldn’t have started chatting, and this business opportunity and partnership wouldn’t have happened.
Director of UA Antia, Umo Antia said: “Working with another local business on an international level has been incredible, we often laugh about it, how we are creating opportunities over 6,000 miles away from our little office in the back streets of Benchill.”
Group Chief Executive Nigel Wilson said, “The Enterprise Centre has made a hugely positive impact on changing the lives of local people and supporting many successful entrepreneurial businesses. This is another amazing success story that has gone global, the centre has provided invaluable support and advice to hundreds of businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs and is a great recognition for their hard work.