Wednesday 5th September 2012
A unique charity has launched in South Yorkshire providing vital help for start up businesses in the form of free office space for twelve months.
The Freespace Foundation is the brainchild of former Evans Easyspace MD, and past Chair of the Business Centre Association, Tom Stokes.
The charitable organisation will provide furnished accommodation for new businesses, or those taking their first steps into dedicated offices. The first location is Enterprise Court at Manvers, Rotherham; a modern office building, in which the Foundation is providing telephone and IT infrastructure so that businesses can take advantage of easy in, easy out terms.
This innovative approach to promoting enterprise and supporting new start ups, also utilised empty space, mirroring the Government’s scheme launched by David Cameron in Leeds earlier this year, which aims to use its own excess space to incubate new businesses.
The scheme is backed by StartUp Britain and is being supported by local business organisations, RiDO and the Barnsley and Rotherham Chamber of Commerce.
Tom Stokes said: “I’m delighted to introduce the Freespace Foundation. As economic times continue to be challenging it is essential that new businesses are helped and encouraged. If the Foundation can help an organisation get up and running with a solid base to move on after twelve months, then it has been a success.
“We hope to get the Foundation off the ground in South Yorkshire before rolling out in other regions.”