18 empty government buildings offered to start-ups

The government has today unveiled the 18 sites they are making available to start-up businesses.

Earlier in the year the prime minister pledged that, as part of the government’s ongoing Business in You campaign, a number of empty government buildings would be made available to start-ups at low cost.

The first sites have now been revealed and include locations in city centres such as Birmingham, Leeds and Nottingham, as well as smaller regional sites, including Waterlooville, in Hampshire, and Beverly, in Yorkshire.

The business minister Mark Prisk is appealing for business start-up and incubation organisations to register their interest in managing the sites on the government’s behalf.

It is hoped they will also offer business support and mentoring to the spaces’ new occupants.

Cabinet minister Francis Maude explained: “This government saved over £100m in the last financial year by getting a tight grip on government property and using space more efficiently.

“In some cases it’s not possible to sell a building or exit a lease immediately when the space is no longer needed [so] rather than letting these buildings sit empty at the taxpayers’ expense, we are making this space available to small businesses.

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“This is an innovative measure that will support British business.”


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