Construction is scheduled to commence at the conclusion of August for the revitalisation of a section of Shipley Library, intended to establish a valuable resource hub for the benefit of local businesses.

Named the “Shipley Business Enterprise Hub,” the project will transform the existing exhibition area within the library premises, with a budget of £85,000 sourced from the Shipley Towns Fund.

The upcoming facility is poised to deliver a diverse array of resources and expert guidance to support local businesses and aspiring start-ups. Moreover, the hub will function as a versatile space, accommodating meetings and facilitating co-working activities.

Councillor Alex Ross-Shaw, Bradford Council’s Portfolio Holder for Regeneration, Planning and Transport, said: “The investment will fund a full refurbishment of the space, equipment for co-working as well as access to specialist business databases.

“The Enterprise Hub will be an excellent resource for the local business community, particularly those starting-up or newly-established businesses.”

Adam Clerkin, Chair of Shipley Towns Fund, said: “There will be an on-site dedicated business information advisor in place for a year, who will be able to offer advice and guidance as well as training existing staff.

“Shipley has a thriving business community and we’re keen to support it. Work on the hub will start in August and is due to be completed within a month.”

Councillor Sarah Ferriby, Bradford Council’s Portfolio Holder for Healthy People and Healthy Places, said: “This will be an excellent addition to the library and will be an incredible resource for businesses in the area. Once it has opened, we’ll be encouraging people to make full use of the opportunity.”

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