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College unveils new facilities aimed at supporting business


Office space is up for grabs at its new premises in Central Milton Keynes to support new companies, SMEs and employers moving into the city from outside.
Businesses can also take advantage of academic and vocational training courses and management and leadership qualifications provided by college lecturers.
College principal and chief executive Dr Julie Mills (left) and director of business and engagement Jane Horridge hosted a preview event for neighbouring businesses to the college’s premises – the former UCMK building in Silbury Boulevard.
They had the opportunity to talk to companies that have already taken advantage of the offer at Silbury Campus.
Amar Chauhan, managing director of events and ticketing company Apollo Live, said: “Being at Silbury Campus has significantly helped the business. It is in a central location which is essential and it has helped increase our productivity which ultimately leads to growth.”  
The range of facilities and corporate services are part of a push to move the college to the heart of the Milton Keynes business community. 
Mr Chauhan said: “The meet your neighbour event was an excellent opportunity to connect with other local businesses. It is particularly important for a start-up business like ourselves to get to know our neighbours and utilise the resources we have on our doorstep.”
Jane Horridge said: “I was delighted to see so many local businesses come to meet us and their neighbours today.  It was a great opportunity to understand each other better and forge some relationships which we can all continue to develop over time.”
Silbury Campus will continue to deliver higher education to the city’s growing undergraduate student population, specifically business-focused courses. The site is fully operational and campus staff are busy preparing to welcome new and returning HE students for the new academic year.