The Shipley Library Enterprise Hub was formally inaugurated on Friday, 24 November, by the Portfolio Holder for Regeneration, Transport, and Planning at Bradford Council. This initiative aims to establish a comprehensive resource for local businesses.

Situated in the former exhibition space within the library, the Shipley Business Enterprise Hub was developed using £80,000 from the Shipley Towns Fund, a government-funded initiative. This newly established facility will provide resources and guidance for local businesses and startups. Additionally, the space is designated for events, meetings, and co-working activities. Furthermore, it will be integrated into the Leeds City Region’s Business and IP Centre, offering free advice to businesses in West Yorkshire.

On opening the new facility, Councillor Alex Ross-Shaw, Bradford Council’s Portfolio Holder for Regeneration, Planning and Transport, said: “The Enterprise Hub will be an excellent resource for the local business community, particularly those starting-up or newly-established businesses.

“The space has been fully refurbished with equipment for co-working, as well as access to specialist business databases. The results of the work here are excellent and an example of what can be achieved on the ground for local people when the Towns Fund money is used effectively. I’d like to thank all involved for their hard work and congratulate them on what has been achieved here.”

Adam Clerkin, Chair of Shipley Towns Fund, said: “There will be a dedicated business information advisor based here, 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. We’d invite everyone to come down and see what the resource has to offer and how the hub can support the success of local businesses.”

The inauguration event witnessed the participation of teams from the Hub and the library, along with members of the towns fund board, Council representatives, and representatives from the Leeds region Business & IP Centre.

For additional information about the Shipley Towns Fund, please visit:

https://www.bradford.gov.uk/regeneration/shipley-towns-fund/shipley-towns-fund/