Salford is laying down the foundations to success for businesses of the future. It is a city more famous for its industrial past but today Salford is transforming into a destination of choice for innovative creative and digital media companies.
In August 2007, the city council opened the Salford Innovation Forum, its new purpose-built office space on Frederick Road near to Salford University.
With over 50 offices the new complex is designed to give growing businesses a promising head-start. And, with the first company to move into the building picking up an industry award, it seems to be working.
In 2008, 11 out of 10 Ltd moved their headquarters to Innovation Forum to work on Pure Gym, a new 24 hour leisure facility. This digital project won them this year’s Big Chip Award for the best E-business, beating off competition from Manchester Airport and Asda.
“We moved to the Innovation Forum because it ticked all the boxes: impressive offices, easy to commute to, secure offices and parking, no lengthy lease contracts, ease of upsizing offices within the same complex when needed and right next to Salford University with opportunities for partnership on R&D and Internships”.
Paul Walker, the council’s strategic director for sustainable regeneration said: “As a council we encourage and support business enterprise as it’s a key driver for our economy and will help us out of the recession.
“The Innovation Forum is a premier business base for companies looking to start out or expand and with its close links to the council and the University, businesses receive valuable public sector support.
“Over 80 per cent of the offices are now occupied and those businesses using the Forum are seeing its benefits.
“It is developing fast as a place for small business success and we’re excited about its future.”
More information on the Salford Innovation Forum, including how to rent space at Salford Innovation Park or call 0161 743 3500.
Source: Salford Innovation Forum