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Business is thriving at Chesterfield's innovation centres

Tapton Innovation Centre occupancy is booming

 Occupancy figures at Chesterfield Borough Council’s innovation centres are at a record high despite the current economic uncertainty surrounding Brexit.

Both Tapton Park and Dunston Innovation Centres are more than 90 per cent let with only four offices still available to rent over both centres.

Councillor Terry Gilby, Chesterfield Borough Council’s cabinet member for economic growth, said: “The level of lettings within the two centres shows the healthy state of local businesses in the borough.

“We built these centres to provide a space for new and innovative businesses to operate on easy in, easy out terms so that they can establish themselves, grow and then expand in to bigger business premises within the borough.

“It is a model that has proved very successful over the years but demand seems even higher over the past 12 months.

“It is for this reason that we have recently submitted a planning application to build an Enterprise Centre on part of the site of the Holywell Cross car park to provide hi-spec accommodation for up to 32 businesses.”

Chesterfield Borough Council opened Tapton Park Innovation Centre in 1997 and Dunston Innovation Centre in 2002 to provide modern, high specification work space with in-house support services. 

Hundreds of companies have used the centres over the years to successfully grow their businesses.

Somerville Associates recently established at Dunston Innovation Centre. Owner Andrew Somerville said: “Our initial interaction with the centre staff gave us the distinct impression that professionalism and commitment to excellence are paramount here.

“We really like the flexibility for future growth offered by facilities such as rent-a-desk. We have everything we need and working here is a pleasure.”

Various office sizes are available and range from a virtual office, rent a desk suite, to offices from 202 sq ft to 1500 sq ft. Lettings are processed quickly and terms are flexible, ideal for new businesses.

Other key features include ultra-fast internet connectivity, telephone, admin, post and reception support, a free on-site business advisor offering access to specialist innovation support, and access at discounted rates to the conference and meeting rooms in both centres.   

Both centres are also located close to Chesterfield town centre, have free car parking, and excellent road and rail links with Derby, Sheffield and London.

Anyone with enquiries about Tapton Innovation Centre, Dunston Innovation Centre or the council’s other commercial premises should contact Hannah Ramsdale, or Michelle Shaw on 01246 345255, or visit 

First published on 22 November 2018 Last updated on 22 November 2018