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Plans for new business centre in Essex unveiled

Plans to create a £1.3 million business centre in Harwich, Essex, have been unveiled.

Over 25 businesses have already shown an interest in occupying space at the centre, and the project could help to create over 85 jobs in the area.

The project is being led by Tendring Council, which will be working with Essex County Council. The council has named Mermaid House at Harwich Quay as a potential location for the centre.

Regeneration

The centre will provide a number of facilities for businesses, including private office space, meeting rooms, reception, and networking areas.

Tendring Council Cabinet Member for Regeneration Giles Watling described the project as a “great opportunity” for Harwich and Tendring.

“From a regeneration point of view, this is one of the most exciting projects for the council that we have had in Harwich for a long time – and it will lead to real jobs,” he said.

He said that the investment was “much needed” and that it is a “big, banner project for Harwich.”

Funding

Watling stated that Tendring Council has set aside £500,000 for property-related projects for use if the scheme goes ahead.

In addition, the county council has assigned a provisional cost of £350,000 towards the capital costs of the project, and will be making bids to fund the project further.

Watling added that the incubation centre would focus on “the growth in the maritime, ports and logistics, offshore renewables and engineering sectors.”


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