Space opens at Liverpool Business Incubator
Start-ups and fledglings have the opportunity to take up space at one of Liverpool’s most successful incubators.
54 St James Street is home to the award-winning social enterprise The Women’s Organization. In 2011, he created an “inspiring and collaborative environment” designed to support start-ups.
Organizations operating from the building have the added benefit of the support and mentorship expertise that The Women’s Organization has accumulated over more than 25 years.
The women’s organization offers a range of courses and programs for people in the Liverpool area. They are aimed at people entering or re-entering the workplace, looking for a career or personal development or starting and growing a business.
It has helped start and grow more than 4,000 businesses since its inception in 1996. It now has spaces for budding entrepreneurs who want to take advantage of this unique environment.
Creative agency Matchstick Creative established a presence at 54 St James Street in 2018. The site was ideal for the business as founder Ruth Hartnoll and co-founder Greg Macoy embarked on their expansion.
Its rapid growth since then means the company is now off to find a new home for its expanding team. This has opened up an ideal space for entrepreneurs looking to take the next step.
They can join what is now a hotbed of thriving businesses, ranging from event management to accounting, consulting, cleaning services, and IT and cloud tech support businesses, all at various stages of growth.
Matchstick occupied a large and a small desk. He said the site’s service offering – such as separate workspaces and meeting rooms – was perfect for inviting clients to presentations as well as for hosting workshops and presentations.
Additional services such as reception staff and reception facilities were also a huge plus for the company. Greg said such services give tenants peace of mind that they have a professional image and can call on additional support if they lack the resources.
Also moving to 54, although relocated internally, are two other tenants. Greyside Planning has resided in 54 since 2020 but is to expand into a larger office. And the Psychological Therapies Unit consolidated its operations from four to three offices in the building, leaving one of its units available.
The Baltic Triangle facility, which opened for SMEs in 2011, has refined its offering to cater for everything a growing business would need, including modern office space. These include meeting space, conference and event space and virtual offices, from a prestigious central Liverpool postcode.
Sandra Sipaviciute, facilities manager at 54 St James Street, said: ‘It’s an exciting time for us at 54. The building is once again bouncy and buzzing, which is great to see after all the uncertainty that the pandemic has presented.
“There’s a real sense of togetherness here too, old and new tenants getting to know each other again and that’s something we’d like to encourage with socials and events planned in the building. 54 St James Street is a truly special place to work and I look forward to welcoming new people and businesses to the fold.