In the early 1990s the Partnership identified a need for high quality units for starter and growth businesses in the area. Our project aims were to provide quality units for growing and new local businesses and at the same time provide income to the Partnership for reinvestment into economic development projects.
The project was developed by Erewash Partnership Ltd. in conjunction with Colin Smith Partnership (design) and local developer Paul Beecroft (Redmile Developments). Derbyshire County Council was very supportive of the initiative and identified appropriate land on their Manners Industrial Estate in Ilkeston.
The result was nine units from 900 to 2000 square feet, three of which are operated by the Partnership on easy in / easy out terms. Since 2004 those three units alone have enabled the start up and growth of ten businesses – including two micro breweries!
Growth businesses re-located to the site include Premier Electrical Services and Vinyl-Tech (re-upholstery of dentist chairs!)
The official opening ceremony was performed by the Mayor of Erewash, Cllr. Douglas Hodges on 20th August 2004.