“You can’t help but feel motivated each morning as you head up the driveway” explained Jim McInulty, founder of the digital and print graphic design company, JMC Design, who moved into the centre last December.
“After 12 years in business I’d been looking to extend my skills into the area of motion graphics and animation and this re-location has been a real catalyst in helping me fulfil that aspiration. I’m now really excited about the business opportunities that might open up as a result.”
Jim chose the centre from a number of possible sites thanks to its flexible office space, great value and excellent support services but has since also discovered the added benefits of its tranquil location. “My previous office, in an old shoe factory in Northampton, was below a dance studio and had become increasingly impractical. Taking calls and trying to disguise the sound of zumba classes going on upstairs had become embarrassing,” he explained. “Ease of parking had also become an issue which was a real pain for clients when visiting.
“Now I have a real pride in inviting them to the office and being able to share this wonderfully professional and stimulating rural setting. It is the best move I’ve made!”
Those sentiments are certainly echoed by Wayne Mills, Director of Nu-sustainable, the roofing and renewable energy specialist. “We moved into the centre shortly before Christmas and felt at home very quickly,” enthused Wayne. “There’s a sense of credibility here that you just don’t get from being in the middle of an industrial estate which is where we were before and I’m sure our customers and suppliers appreciate that when they visit.
“The other great thing is that my colleagues and I feel incredibly supported by the personal service you get from the team here. Nothing’s too much trouble and that’s given us the chance to concentrate on our plans to develop a new rainwater harvesting system which, until now, had been on the backburner.
“Plus we’ve discovered a business support organisation that we didn’t know about before and, as a result, an investment fund that we can apply to which could make a massive difference to getting this project off the ground. After a couple of quieter years, the company’s back on track to create the kind of turnover we had at our peak and the move here has certainly played its part in that positive outlook,” he added.
The Scott Bader Innovation Centre offers shared laboratory space, equipment and offices for 20 companies. Flexible licence agreements are available so that tenants are free of any long-term letting commitments, while the centre can also provide a virtual office service for entrepreneurs that require a professional address and telephone answering service.
With 13 of the offices now taken up within than 18 months of the centre’s official opening in November 2011, Oxford Innovation’s Senior Centre Manager, Mick Judge, is proud of what’s being achieved. “We always had confidence that this location and offering was the ideal setting for encouraging entrepreneurship and I’m delighted that these two firms, and the centre, continue to grow from strength to strength. We look forward to supporting many more in the future.”
Call in and see the centre for yourself or find out more by calling Mick Judge on 01933 667700 or 07584 235379 or by emailing email@example.com
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