Devon County Council has been awarded “best provision of small business offices for upscale and growing businesses” by the Federation of Small Businesses Awards. The award is in recognition of the Council’s help for small and medium enterprises through its Work Hubs in the country.
According to Amelia Isaac, of the Design Shop and Barnstaple’s Work Hub, “The hubs are providing workspaces with meeting rooms for the day, but added to that is the enormous benefit that workers experience in meeting, chatting and swapping ideas with other business people working from the hub.
“There’s nothing better than seeing a new business come to us and within a few years they’re moving on as they require larger premises and take on more employees.
“And they make room for another worker coming in and we see that person’s business grow too. It’s good to have played a part in that growth.”
The branch director of Ewemove Barnstaple, a hybrid estate agency in North Devon, Russell Burrington said, “Having started the business working from home in our spare bedroom, moving to Barnstaple Work Hub just over 12 months ago has allowed my business to flourish and I am now at the stage where I am looking to expand my workforce and upsize my office space.
“Not only has it given my company a more professional look but I have made some excellent connections here and it is a vibrant and busy place to work in.”
More than 20 percent of workers in Devon works at home.
Councillor Rufus Gilbert, DCC’s cabinet member for economy and skills, said he is pleased the award recognised the council’s commitment to helping small business to grow and succeed in Devon.