Humber Business Week marked the one year anniversary of the £3.9million business centre, known as ergo, opening its doors on the Bridgehead Business Park, in Hessle.
The council, in partnership with the University of Hull, runs the centre, which is aimed at the growing renewable energy and environmental technology sectors.
It provides office space, conference facilities and an on-site café – Moe’s Kitchen – and, since opening 12 months ago, it has welcomed over 24,000 visitors for various meetings and events at the site.
Ergo is now over 50% occupied, with 15 different businesses taking advantage of the A grade office space and further enhancing their involvement in the renewables and environmental technologies sector.
The University of Hull (Aura team), ORE Catapult, Team Humber Marine Alliance (THMA), McAusland & Turner Ltd, Gronwind, Siemens Mobility Ltd, Mercury Group Ltd, Clay10 Creative, Carbide UK, Hallbeck IT, BRC Wealth Management, Pinnacle and most recently Woodrow Mercer Finance Hull LLP, Annask Financial Solutions Ltd and Humber Civils Ltd have now made ergo their business home.
During the past year two of these companies have grown, with Clay10 Creative and Carbide UK moving into larger offices.
Mary Green of Team Humber Marine Alliance (THMA), who are currently located at ergo, said: “We love being based at ergo, the space is modern, bright and easy to access with good car parking and facilities conducive to hosting visitors. Because I work in a small team, I really enjoy the community environment and with such a helpful on-site team, we have everything we need!”
The business centre also hosted a range of events. In December, one of the largest regional networking events saw the building full for the annual Green Port Business networking event with hundreds of regional businesses in attendance.
Throughout the year, ergo has welcomed many of the key players in renewables, including severalinternational delegations from the US and China interested in the region as a leader in offshore wind development.
A popular new addition to the ergo event programme is a monthly ‘Energy Breakfast’ open to businesses interested in hearing about low-carbon innovation. The first two sessions have covered battery storage, robotics and drones.
Councillor Jane Evison, portfolio holder for local economic growth and prosperity at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “The past 12 months have been a real whirlwind for ergo and it is fitting that, during Humber Business Week, which showcases the wealth of talent, entrepreneurship, vision and future potential of the region, we can celebrate the success of the council’s newest business centre and all that has been achieved by those companies and organisations that call it home.
“The continuous development of ergo throughout the past year is positive news and reflects the council’s economic aspirations for the area.”
For further information regarding the ergo, visit www.ergoconnects.co.uk or follow @ergoconnects on Twitter.
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