Innovative Eco Centre attracts new business to Bicester

Elmsbrook Business Centre

Cherwell District Council has appointed Town Square Spaces Ltd (TSS) to operate the new Perch Eco Business Centre in Elmsbrook, North West Bicester.

Following a competitive tender process, TSS was chosen by the council to manage and run the centre. One of two co-working spaces in the town, the Perch Eco Business Centre will provide office space and support startups and small businesses. It is situated in the Elmsbrook development in Bicester which benefits from easy access to London, with five regular, non-stop trains running every hour from Bicester North station.

Robert Jolley, Cherwell’s assistant director for planning and economy, said: “Town Square Spaces has a proven track record in managing business hubs throughout the UK and we are pleased to be working with them to bring small and medium-sized businesses to the centre providing local employment opportunities for our residents.”

Developed by Cherwell District Council, this is the first non-domestic building in the UK to achieve Passivhaus Plus, a rigorous standard for energy efficiency. It is part of a true zero carbon community developed by A2 Dominion, providing new housing alongside employment.

Speaking about the contract win, Town Square Spaces founder Gareth Jones said: “We’re really excited to create this new kind of space at the Eco Business Centre. The building is truly unique, and through Perch Co-working we aim to create a brilliant community of businesses. We’re actively seeking someone to join us as our Community Manager and help us start to build a community of entrepreneurs.”

“With Governments officially declaring a climate emergency, we hope this space and its community will become an example of how responsible enterprises can spearhead the development of SMEs and further grow local economies.

“The building is the first of its kind in the UK, and while the architecture sets new standards in terms of sustainability, we aim to grow its network and help its occupants thrive.”

The Perch Eco Business Centre, Elmsbrook, NW Bicester is scheduled to open later in the spring and ahead of an official launch, Town Square Spaces will be working with Cherwell District Council, partners and enterprises to engage with the local business community.

To find out more or register your interest in the Perch Eco Business Centre you can email hello@thetownsquare.co.uk, or call 02921 111252.