Co-working space The EpiCentre has celebrated its first year as a hub for entrepreneurs.
Twenty businesses now occupy space at the centre, which provides support for growing enterprises in Cambridgeshire and Suffolk.
The centre, in Haverhill, opened in November 2020, when the country was deep in lockdown. It operated as a vaccine centre for six months, before embracing the business community with participation in various festivals and exhibitions.
Manager Kelly Boosey says: “Instead of waiting for businesses to come to us we made a concerted effort to engage with the wider community, emphasising the Business Support package that is available when signing up as we are more than just space.
“The strategy has paid off and now we have 20 companies occupying The EpiCentre drawn from all areas of business. Our laboratory space has been particularly popular with a significant number of companies using the wet lab facilities. A notable business start-up has been CodiKoat that produces anti-viral coatings for numerous surfaces and has attracted the interest of government in its fight against the spread of COVID.”
Latest sign-ups are US firm Analog Devices Ltd and start-up office supplies business Pegasus Office Solutions.