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Harborough Innovation Centre delivers £19m business boost in first seven years, and there’s more to come
A specialist business hub owned by Harborough District Council (HDC) and launched to help ambitious new businesses has helped deliver a £19 million cash boost for the district economy in just seven years.
To keep everyone in the loop about what’s going on at Harborough Innovation Centre, including all the latest success stories from you, our residents, the team runs a number of social media accounts.
A special ceremony to mark a major milestone during the creation of an innovative new building for growing businesses has taken place. A number of VIP guests were invited to celebrate the ‘Topping Out’ ceremony at Harborough District Council’s Grow on Space project – due to open at the end of 2019.
The turnover of digital promotions experts Code String has grown by 1,000 per cent since launching in August 2011, with the company providing the technical mechanisms behind major promotions for some of the world’s leading brands. Having just employed its 24th and 25th members of staff, the firm was looking to leave its base at Harborough Innovation Centre, home since February 2012, to move into a bigger office, with options in Northamptonshire being considered. In response, the centre has converted two of its offices into one larger premises, giving it 1,523 sq ft over two rooms to keep the high-tech jobs in the Harborough area.
For digital marketing specialists Success Local, based in Lutterworth, being part of Harborough District Council’s Pioneer 10 programme is helping take them to the next level.
Established in 2016 by Paul Trilk and David Pearson, Success Local works with small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to improve their online activity and build their businesses. They develop websites and digital marketing strategies for clients, focusing on search engine optimisation (SEO), pay-per-click advertising PPC), social media marketing and web hosting.