COMMERCIAL FEATURE: Washington Business Centre proves ‘ideal location’ for growing businesses

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WASHINGTON Business Centre has welcomed local, national and international businesses as tenants since opening in 2014, thanks to its facilities, connectivity and location.

Washington Business Centre was purpose-built for Sunderland City Council with support from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

The centre is expected to sustain or create more than 200 jobs across a mix of 24 office spaces, 13 workshops and seven hybrid units. The two-storey building also has two meeting rooms and plenty of free on-site parking.

Its latest tenant is WAMOT, a new international business which organises seminars, courses and training in the UK as well as working with clients overseas.

The connectivity of Washington Business Centre, in addition to the management team’s close ties to the region, was one of the key reasons why the business chose the base.

The £6m purpose-built centre is based at the entrance to Turbine Business Park and has excellent access to the A19 and A1231.

“Superb location”

WAMOT director Thorben Haenel said: “It was ideal for us with its location close to Newcastle International Airport, the motorway and in general the triangle of Newcastle, Durham and Sunderland.

“It was the most appropriate package for us. There is an excellent infrastructure and good accessibility. It is a fantastic business centre. It is clear they want to refresh the business mentality in the North East and provide a platform for companies to establish and grow.”

Business Performance Partners (BPP) Visual Ltd agrees with WAMOT. The business centre let its biggest hybrid unit to BPP, an ambitious young business with clients across the UK and Europe, in 2014.

Business Performance Partners (BPP) Visual Ltd develops and produces innovative visual management tools designed to aid and support businesses on the road to performance excellence and continuous improvement.

“Excellent space and competitive rent”

BPP founder Rich Greensmith said: “Washington Business Centre is the ideal base for us, because of the high quality accommodation and competitive rent. We believe our move to the centre is helping to raise our profile among companies in the region, letting them know we are here and what we do. Plus, the centre has excellent transport links for clients visiting from across the UK and Europe.”

Councillor Harry Trueman, Washington councillor and deputy leader of Sunderland City Council said: “It’s fantastic to see new businesses move into the business centre. It is becoming one of the best addresses in the area for growing businesses to thrive because it offers a great package for businesses across many sectors.

“They directly benefit from locating to an impressive base, with flexible, spacious places in which to work, meet customers and network with other businesses.”

Neighbouring Vantec Europe and Nissan’s Sunderland plant, the Business Centre has easy access for cars, lorries and public transport. The site also offers electric charging points and cycle racks in its car park.

Developed with support from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the Business Centre is owned and managed by Sunderland City Council. The City Council may grant rent-free periods for tenants, and there are easy in-easy out terms for licence holders.

•To view offices, hybrid units or workshops and discuss lettings contact the Business Investment Team, Sunderland City Council. Tel: 0191 561 1194 or email washingtonbc@MAKEitSunderland.com