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Boom time at Elsie Whiteley

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Business is booming at the Elsie Whiteley Innovation Centre in Halifax thanks to a flurry of new tenants which have joined the business hub since Christmas.

The new wave of businesses moving into the centre includes household names such as webuyanycar.com as well as small start-ups like Sugarbird Photography and growing agencies such as One Small Key.

Centre Manager Jason Bell said: “We’re really pleased to be able to welcome our new tenants to the centre.

“Webuyanycar.com will be using us as a regional office for both staff and also for clients selling their cars to drop their vehicles off.

“Having well-known businesses based here is great for the centre but we’re equally pleased to welcome our new start-ups and small businesses as they are at the heart of what this Centre is about – nurturing talent and supporting business.”

The Elsie Whiteley Innovation Centre offers office space to small and medium sized businesses and supports new start-ups through its subsidised rental packages aimed at making starting new business more affordable.

As part of the Halifax Opportunities Trust, which aims to provide opportunities for people living in the Park Ward area, rental income from the businesses already based at the centre goes towards supporting the important work of the Trust in central Halifax.

The building was once home to Halifax’s pioneering fashion designer and textile entreprener.

The newly refurbished £5million centre opened its doors in July 2006.