Christmas came early for a group of local women as they celebrated completing the Enterprise Centres ‘Women in Business’ training programme.
Run by Wythenshawe Community Housing Group (WCHG) the course is a series of free weekly workshops run for women by women supported by Manchester City Council.
Local seamstress Sharon Whitehorn who completed a previous programme has nothing but praise for the course: “It inspired and encouraged me to stay motivated with my new venture. My business has gone from strength to strength. I took up office space and I’ve not look back since.”
‘More than just business’
Proving a ‘great place to do business’ the Centre also provides free business advice and support to local residents and affordable office space for start-up and existing businesses. The Centre is a thriving hub of activity for small businesses and budding entrepreneurs.
John Hopkins of Ask Innovation said: “I was looking for somewhere affordable and local to Wythenshawe. The Enterprise Centre fitted the bill perfectly and offers business support too. This has enabled us to move our business forward.”
With 21 of the 27 offices now let, office tenants include a variety of businesses from law, marketing and technology sectors, through to health cleaning and security services.
Colette Nuttall of Fit-tastic said: “I love being based at the Enterprise Centre. I used to work from home, but it’s much better being around other like-minded people. We have our own businesses, but we get the chance to network and support each other. It’s an ideal set-up.”
So far WCHG has helped over 250 businesses to start since the Enterprise Support Project began in 2005 and has advised over 1,000 people.
The Enterprise Centre offers:
- FREE one-to-one business advice sessions
- Affordable all-inclusive office space
- Reduced rates for start-ups
- Rentable meeting & training room facilities
For more information visit www.willowparkenterprise.com call Sian Payg on 0161 945 0655 or drop in!