THE £2 million Falkirk Business Hub, designed to cost-effectively meet the specific space needs of a wide range of businesses, is set to open this summer.
And the developer behind it – Bellair (Scotland) Ltd – is looking at ways to roll out its visionary ‘easy in, easy out’ model of simplified lease agreements throughout Scotland while playing a part in Falkirk’s regeneration.
On the town centre site of the former General Post Office, The Hub is a four-storey, 27,000 square-foot, fully-managed business centre community where tenants can pay to work for a matter of hours or for 20 years or more, depending on individual needs.
“We are creating a business environment for a range of different users, from small to large businesses as well as home workers looking for a desk for a couple of hours or days,” said Alistair Campbell, managing director of Bellair, who has self-funded the project.
“Offices, whatever size, can be let on short term licences or longer leases – totally flexible as to what the tenant wants.
“It also differs greatly from other conventional business centres as we will be providing facilities and services to support networking and the potential for co-working in an atmosphere where small businesses will not only locate but also meet to operate, to be creative and to grow.
“I’m pleased that we have one tenant who wants to commit to a five-year lease and we are already looking at the possibility of rolling out this new-style model to other locations in Scotland.”
The formula for Falkirk has been piloted successfully at Bellair’s East Gateway Hub in Grangemouth.
A total of 45 serviced offices will occupy three upper floors with a target of having 12 businesses moving in before the end of the year. Bellair estimates around 200 people could eventually be based in the building, a mix of small businesses and individuals.
The co-working suite is aimed at tenants from ‘external’ companies to new-starts or those based in the serviced offices. Mentoring, advice and facilities tailored to support businesses, regardless of size, are all in the package offered.
Meeting rooms can be hired by the hour, and the ground floor Wellness Centre will have gym classes and physio services with traditional and complimentary therapies offered as well.
Alistair Campbell, who has engaged in a wide spectrum of property development and investment projects throughout Central Scotland over the past 35 years, particularly within the Grangemouth/Falkirk area, is currently seeking a business partner to operate the ground floor café that will be open to those working in the Hub and the public, too.
The Hub is only a few minutes’ walk from the town’s mainline railway station and is within easy walking distance of the Bus Station. Extensive public parking is available immediately opposite with longer term parking available close-by.
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