Elland printing firm ABS UK Ltd, is to launch a new business incubator service to a start-up business offering a free desk space and expert business mentoring.
Eligible new businesses up to two years old, and operating in the Halifax and Huddersfield area, are invited to apply for the free desk space for a year based in ABS UK Ltd’s company offices.
The package available for one local business person will include free use of WIFI, telephone line, meeting space and warehouse space, as well as access to experts within sales, administration and marketing.
The initial online application process, which opens on Monday 1st February, will consist of a simple questionnaire; applicants will then be invited to present their business plan in a face-to-face Dragons’ Den style interview to the ABS Business Incubator Panel, before a decision is reached.
The scheme, which will begin at the start of the new financial tax year, 1 April 2016, has been designed by ABS UK Ltd with advice from Calderdale Council Enterprise Support in order to nurture and encourage growth within the local business community.
Paul Lees, MD of ABS UK Ltd said: “Having been through the process of setting up and growing a successful business, we understand the challenges and pitfalls that many new businesses can potentially face. We would now like to take the opportunity to give back to the local business community and offer our own expertise and advice to the next generation of business owners.”
Eric Binns, Calderdale Council’s enterprise officer, has been working alongside Paul and the ABS UK team to develop the concept and operational process. He added: “It will give a new business vital support in its early stages with the necessary resources and mentoring and advice available ‘on-hand’ and with the added benefit that the person will not be working in isolation but in a busy working environment. We hope other local companies consider offering similar opportunities.”