New Incuba centre prepares to openOct 22, 2013
Tomorrow (Wednesday), the Incuba will be open for the public to view the facilities. On Thursday, businesses have the chance to tour the building, attend workshops and network with other start-ups.
The Incuba business support and learning centre has been developed by Central Bedfordshire College and supported by Central Bedfordshire Council to boost the regeneration and future education and employment needs in the Dunstable area.
It will offer businesses support, training and development opportunities like courses or networking events as well as having meeting rooms and offices to rent.
College chief executive and principal Ali Hadawi CBE said: "The college has always been proud to be a major contributor to the economy of the area. For us, The Incuba is a natural extension of this work and I would like to pay tribute to central Bedfordshire Council for its support.
"We know that training and development makes a big difference to businesses as they start up and as they grow.
"Not only do we promise brilliant facilities at The Incuba, we are also committed to providing excellent training, to ensure businesses are given every chance of success."
Central Bedfordshire College secured more than £1.9 million European funding to develop the centre and will now be working closely with key partners and businesses to maximise opportunities for the centre.
Built to BREEAM ‘excellent’ standard, the building is an exemplar of modern technologies to harvest rain water and in the use of capturing solar energy. Central Bedfordshire Council approved the use of council land for the centre.
Cllr Nigel Young, executive member for sustainable communities (strategic planning and economic development) at Central Bedfordshire Council, said the Incuba was part of wider plans to revitalise the Brewers Hill area of the town.
He added: "We were delighted to partner Central Bedfordshire College in supporting The Incuba. It offers a real boost to the local economy and puts office space, training and networking opportunities all under one roof to help business start-ups get going and grow."
To find out more or to sign up to attend, visit www.theincuba.com