Warrington boasts the sixth highest number of start-ups in the country and is in the top ten places in the UK for high growth SMEs – and now, say bosses at Warrington Borough Council, the town has a fitting new home for ambitious entrepreneurs.

The Base, a 50,000 sq ft grade ‘A’ office building in the town’s emerging central business district, has been developed by Warrington & Co., Warrington’s partnership for growth, on behalf of Warrington Borough Council to meet demand from ambitious SMEs for high quality business space.  And, Leader of Warrington Borough Council; Cllr Terry O’Neill, says, he has no doubt it will soon be humming with enterprise.

“The level of company formation in Warrington just keeps on growing as business people realise that the skills and expertise they need are here in abundance.  We’re targeting The Base at advanced manufacturing and engineering businesses in particular, sectors where Warrington has strong credentials.

“The Base plays to the town’s strengths.  Ambitious businesses want to co-locate with like-minded firms in their early days before they reach a size where they need to spread their wings and so there will be a business development manager on hand to lend their experience as part of the overall package.  A home like this gives small firms enhanced credibility.” added Cllr O’Neill.
The five story development, designed by Liverpool-based Falconer Chester Hall and constructed by ISG, offers flexible space from a single desk up to a whole floor plate of 10,000 square feet.
Jayne Furnival, group property director at Langtree, who provide all aspects of the building’s management, said that The Base’s location was key to its appeal: “You’ve got bus and rail interchanges immediately to the south, along with the town’s retail core, and a growing business base around the stadium.  The emerging central business district will be key to the town’s future growth and we’re delighted to be a focal point of that,” she noted.

Steve Park, managing director of Warrington & Co. added, “This is a fabulous facility in a superb location. Warrington is always top of the UK start up tables and this will provide a much needed facility that will support the growth of fledgling businesses.”

The first tenant is due to move in to the building in early February and discussions are already underway with a number of other parties with regards to taking space, added Jayne.
The High Sheriff of Cheshire, Bill Holroyd CBE, DL, officially opens the building at a ceremony on 21st January for invited guests from the region’s property and business communities.

Two new tenants have signed up for space at The Base in Warrington, the enterprise hub which supports the growth of advanced manufacturing and engineering businesses and their supply chains.

Business tax advisors R&D Tax Claims (North) Limited and digital marketing agency Carpe Diem have moved to the new development as part of their strategy of supporting high growth manufacturing companies.

“We have one focus: to help company owners legally reduce the amount of tax they pay so that they are left with more funds to invest in growing their businesses,” said Pamela Cunliffe of R&D Tax Claims (North) Limited.  “Manufacturing businesses, particularly in their early stages, are very investment-heavy so The Base is perfect for us as it’s home to growing companies in need of our expertise.”

Bill Carr of Carpe Diem echoed those views but added that the centre’s outstanding broadband capability was also a key reason for his decision to move.

“We can help advanced manufacturing businesses develop a strong online strategy that will enhance their brand and help market their product or services to customers globally, which being tenants at The Base will help us to achieve.  The sort of on-line presence manufacturing businesses need means that communications and connectivity are very important and The Base gives us outstanding benefits in that regard.  Plus, it’s a great place to meet with clients and gives us the flexibility we need as we grow.”

The lettings follow the recent appointment by the building’s manager, Langtree, of Sylvie Morton as business development manager for The Base.  Sylvie said “The Base is a first of its kind for advanced manufacturing and engineering businesses, as well as their supply chains.  Our focus is on helping ambitious SMEs grow via outstanding facilities and support and our latest lettings prove that this strategy is the right one.”

Warrington boasts the sixth highest number of start-ups in the country, the highest in the north west and it is in the top ten places in the UK for high growth SMEs.  The Base was opened in January 2016 to help the town capitalise on this key strength and provides 50,000 sq ft of grade ‘A’ flexible space from a single desk up to a whole floor plate of 10,000 square feet.

Warrington, which leads the north west in company formation, is to get a new enterprise champion as it pushes its growth agenda.

Sylvie Morton, from Nord in France, has been appointed business development manager at The Base, the recently-opened 50,000 sq ft grade ‘A’ office building in Warrington’s emerging central business district.  The building has been developed specifically to meet demand from ambitious SMEs in the advanced manufacturing and engineering sectors.

Mrs Morton has a long track record in helping technology-led businesses grow, having previously fulfilled this role for Manchester’s inward investment agency, MIDAS.  She had a particular focus on advanced materials and was part of the team responsible for developing the region’s supply chain capabilities for new wonder material, graphene.

Her new role, says Sylvie, is as much about helping tenants through providing networking channels to new business as it is in securing business for the centre itself.
“Our customers’ success is what will drive our own, so it makes sense to focus on helping them access new markets and make useful contacts that can help them grow their companies,” said Sylvie.
Sylvie’s role will involve developing an active networking programme, as well as ensuring The Base is recognised for promoting best practice in areas such as technology transfer, corporate venturing and open-source innovation.

“The Base is about reinforcing Warrington’s leading position as a home for advanced manufacturing and engineering businesses, as well as for wider start-ups, and with Sylvie championing them we can expect the town to maintain its place at the top of the leader board for business growth,” said Jayne Furnival, group property director at Langtree, who provide all aspects of the building’s management for owner Warrington & Co, Warrington’s partnership for growth.

The five story development, just fifteen minutes from both Liverpool and Manchester and a short stroll from Warrington railway station, offers flexible space from a single desk up to a whole floor plate of 10,000 square feet.

A ‘mini Spinningfields’ will be created in Warrington according to the developers behind the town’s new central business district.

Speaking exclusively to Move Commercial, Steve Park, managing director at Warrington & Co., says The Base office development has had a “catalytic effect of raising awareness of Warrington”.

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Warrington’s Grade A advanced manufacturing and engineering hub, The Base on Dallam Lane, has secured three new tenants.

A total of 2,000 sq ft of space has been let to three businesses, maintaining its reputation as a home for high growth SMEs.

Three offices have been let to Ixis, a digital transformation specialist leveraging the open source framework Drupal; Resulting IT, a technology-driven sales development business; and Avanite, a software company. Between them the new tenants bring 24 new jobs to the building.

“Warrington is in the top ten in the UK for high growth SMEs and we developed The Base as the ultimate ‘next step’ home for companies that are starting to motor,” said Steve Park, Managing Director of Warrington & Co., Warrington’s partnership for growth who are also located at The Base.

“These latest lettings add to a growing list of customers that are creating the new Warrington economy. There’s a real buzz about the building and we’ve seen a great start to 2017 with enquiries.”

The Base opened last year and was project managed by Warrington & Co. on behalf of Warrington Borough Council who own the property. Cllr Terry O’Neill, Leader of Warrington Borough Council commented, “Warrington’s economy is booming and we are future proofing our economy through our ambitious framework for growth, Warrington Means Business.

“Supporting our businesses is a key element of WMB, particularly assisting and providing business space for new start-ups to assist them to grow which is why we invested in creating The Base. It’s very encouraging that these dynamic, new, high-tech businesses have chosen to locate at The Base.”

Commenting on the reasons behind the move, Francesco Giarletta of Avanite said: “We chose The Base as it gave us the flexibility to expand and it is a central location with great travel links. We are able to build a community with multiple businesses currently occupying the building, as well as share ideas and knowledge. Through The Base’s on-site business support we get help which allows us to grow our business in the most efficient way and finally we are excited about the prospect of becoming part of an innovative business location.”

Stuart Browne of Resulting IT says the move has helped them find space of ‘the right calibre’ as the firm continues to grow: “We’re a fast-growing company and needed working space of the right calibre in a central location. The Base really fits the bill – it’s modern and has excellent facilities. Plus, it’s great to be located in a founding building in an exciting new business location for the town.”

Mike Carter of Ixis said: “Since we moved to The Base, we didn’t just gain an office in an environment earmarked to become the Spinningfields of Warrington, but we also gained new partners in Resulting IT and Avanite who could add further value to our growing customer base. We are excited to explore further partnerships as more high growth businesses move in.”

Jayne Furnival, Group Property Director at building managers Langtree, added: “Businesses want to cluster around like-minded companies and so we recently launched our BaseConnect networking platform to support this. It’s going like a train, with more than 70 companies already signed up and this momentum augurs well for our lettings programme.”

Warrington boasts the sixth highest number of start-ups in the country, the highest in the north west and it is in the top ten places in the UK for high growth SMEs. The Base was opened in January 2016 to help the town capitalise on this key strength and provides 50,000 sq ft of grade ‘A’ flexible space from a single desk up to a whole floor plate of 10,000 square feet.

Five leading advisory and training businesses have signed up to a partnership agreement with The Base in Warrington to help its high-growth tenants maximise their potential.

The grade-A offices, established to support companies in the advanced manufacturing and engineering sectors, now house more than 70 employees in a range of businesses and the new partnership is designed to speed up their access to leading-edge advice.

Five partners – Grant Thornton, FDR Law, Inventya Ltd/Enterprise Europe Network, Santander and Warrington’s University Technical College – have all signed a memorandum of understanding to work closely together on a range of initiatives and promotions that will support tenants at The Base.  The partners were selected because of their expertise in areas such as tax, R&D, innovation, law and skills development.

“This is a significant step forward in our promise to tenants to create Warrington’s leading hub for innovative, high-growth businesses.  By allowing them to tap in to the expertise and talent of our partners we can help them grow even faster,” said Sylvie Morton, business development manager at Langtree, who manage the building on behalf of owners Warrington & Co.

A twelve month programme of clinics and joint events has been developed with the partners and will include subjects such as innovation, talent attraction and retention and Industry 4.0 technologies.  Tenants are then free to contract with the partners on more detailed support, as required.

Commenting on their backing for the initiative, David Hawley at business and tax advisors Grant Thornton, said:

“We are delighted to be working with The Base and offer support to the dynamic businesses that it will attract.  Our dedicated North West Business Growth team offers a range of specialist financial, taxation and assurance services that can add significant value and accelerate growth.  This is a very exciting development in the region and offers a great facility and infrastructure for business in Warrington.”


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