A thriving enterprise centre for small businesses is set to treble in size to accommodate 100 more jobs through a major expansion announced by the district council this week.
The expansion of the Four Ashes Enterprise Centre – located off the A449 between Wolverhampton and Stafford – will create an additional 35,000 sq ft of commercial units, ideal for start-up and growing businesses.
The new units will vary in size, ranging from 936 sq ft to 4,000 sq ft. They will be spread across three blocks and each will have its own office, kitchen and toilet facility with roller shutter doors.
The StokeonTrentLive Business Awards are back for 2021 to celebrate the great and good of the business community from across Staffordshire and parts of South Cheshire.
There are 13 categories up for grabs including Young Professional, Growth and International Trade as well as the coveted Business of the Year award.
The awards are being held in association with Staffordshire University which is the headline sponsor and the Science and Technology category sponsor.
The event will be held virtually on Thursday, April 22, 2021 and will celebrate the great and good of the business community from across Staffordshire and parts of South Cheshire.
The deadline for entries is Tuesday, March 2, 2021.
The expansion – which has been procured to Midlands construction firm G.F Tomlinson – will see the enterprise centre treble in size from 15,600 sq ft to 50,572 sq ft.
The facility, which is owned and managed by South Staffordshire Council, has been a popular location for businesses since it was built in 2004.
Now, to meet the need for additional commercial units in the area, the council is investing more than £24m across all its business sites to support local businesses and the wider economy.
Councillor Brian Edwards MBE, leader of South Staffordshire Council said: “Our units at Four Ashes have always been very popular, so we know there is demand for more commercial units in this area which has superb connectivity and sits within the junction two growth corridor.
“As a council, it is our priority to support local businesses and the wider economy, especially as we move forward from the pandemic. We are proud to be able to offer this extension, which will give new start-ups and existing businesses the opportunity to achieve their business goals.”