A NEW £1.8million facility to support businesses in the food and drink sector is due to open soon in Greenock.
Baker Street Hub will provide organisations with space to develop and grow.
The facility is aimed at small, medium and micro businesses and start-ups and features six manufacturing units of varying sizes with shared meeting/office spaces and staff area.
It has been developed by Inverclyde Council in partnership with its regeneration company Riverside Inverclyde.
The community enterprise hub, at the corner of Baker Street and Drumfrochar Road, is part of the council’s wider regeneration of the area, which included the £3million realignment of the busy main road, also known as Baker’s Brae, and demolition of derelict buildings in 2019.
Finishing touches are now being put to the building before it is officially opened, with interest high from prospective tenants.
Councillor Michael McCormick, Inverclyde Council’s convener of environment and regeneration, said: “This is an exciting new development in the heart of Inverclyde to support our vibrant food and drink sector.
“The hub will cater for a variety of businesses and provides first-class manufacturing facilities to give them a platform to develop and grow.
“Once it is fully up and running and full of tenants it will be the icing on the cake for what has already been a successful regeneration of the Baker Street area.”
The aim is to support growth so businesses can expand in a sustainable way before moving on to larger premises in Inverclyde allowing a constant flow of new firms to move in.
There is potential match-funding support for machinery and equipment up to £5,000.
Units at the hub range in size from 344 sq ft to 785 sq ft. It will be managed by Riverside Inverclyde and added to the company’s existing portfolio of properties.
For enquiries and more information about Baker Street Hub, visit www.riversideinverclyde.com.