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Courting start-ups – Andrea Bridgeman, who is especially keen to support military leavers and women

Courting start-ups – Andrea Bridgeman, who is especially keen to support military leavers and women

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BUSINESSES are being invited to look around the new facilities at Castledown Enterprise Centre and meet the new manager.

The centre in Ludgershall is part of The Enterprise Network (TEN), a £5.2m initiative led by Wiltshire Council using Government and EU funds to support micro and start-up businesses in the county.

The new facilities include a range of small offices at an affordable monthly rent, ideal for businesses looking to move up from a home office, as well as hot desks, meeting and training rooms and a large networking area.

New manager Andrea Bridgeman has a lot of experience in business development and a degree in business and entrepreneurship.

She said: “As well as all the practical facilities, which create a great working environment, we offer free, expert and impartial business support to anyone, at whatever stage of their business.

“There are also business grants available, which we can tell people all about.

“We are particularly keen to support military leavers and their partners who might be interested in setting up a business, as well as women entrepreneurs.

“We are offering a series of free networking events for women as it can be quite daunting to take that first step, but we can offer all the support you need.”

Since TEN was launched, 30 people have been helped to start a new business and more than 50 new jobs have been created across Wiltshire.

Anyone who wants to find out more about Castledown Enterprise Centre can call Ms Bridgeman on 01264 848311.

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