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Start or Grow

Your Business

From start-up to seasoned pro, we have flexible workspaces that support your business growth goals.

Halifax Opportunities Trust supports enterprise through our activities at Hanson Lane Enterprise Centre and Elsie Whiteley Innovation Centre. Both facilities offer business accommodation and meeting room hire along with access to a range of advice and events such as HOT Networking.

How We Support You

and Your Business

Elsie Whiteley Innovation Centre

Flexible workspace with a purpose

Grow your business from a space that’s as flexible as the way you work and join a community united by doing good. Elsie Whiteley Innovation Centre is a social enterprise, home to a range of flexible meeting and workspaces that match most modern businesses– from start-up to seasoned pro.

Look around our state-of-the-art converted textile mill today:

Hanson Lane Enterprise Centre

Industrial spaces for enterprising businesses

Get up and running, grow or give your business a boost with flexible terms and accommodating spaces. Hanson Lane Enterprise Centre is a social enterprise home to a range of scalable units that are ready to grow when you are

Located in the heart of Park Ward, Hanson Lane Enterprise Centre offers light industrial units suitable for a range of businesses such as caterers, workshops and storage spaces. We’re a social enterprise dedicated to supporting the enterprising businesses that live here.

Whether looking for a light industrial space to level up your offering or a local hub to support your daily grind, Hanson Lane Enterprise Centre is home to a whole host of spaces that allow you to optimise productivity, hone your craft and grow your business.

Learn more about Hanson Lane Enterprise Centre:

Enterprise Grants

 Start-up Support

We believe that supporting businesses to start and grow is essential to creating a vibrant and self-sustaining community.

Our start-up grants are available at both its business centres – Elsie Whiteley Innovation Centre and Hanson Lane Enterprise Centre. These grants are in the form of rental subsidies and apply to businesses taking up office space at one of our business centres during their first 18 months of trading.

The grant starts from the date the company is registered at companies house, irrespective of start of tenancy.

Eligible businesses receive a 50% discount on their rent during their first 9 months trading then a 25% reduction for the next 9 months, a total of 18 months subsidised rent to get start-up businesses off the ground.

Enterprise Grants

Find out more about the start-up support available:

Networking and Events

Our business community

HOT Networking is a professional networking event, hosted by Halifax Opportunities Trust.

One of the main objectives of HOT Networking is to bring together local professionals and businesses to meet minds and share ideas, to create strong professional links in Halifax through a relaxed and informal networking setting.

It takes place on every second Wednesday each month at Elsie Whiteley Innovation Centre and unlocks opportunities for a range of businesses to come together and learn something new, or share best practice.

Get more information about upcoming networking events

Activities and Groups

Each week we run a range of activities, groups and classes so you have the opportunity to get to where you want to be. Use the filter below to find the activity that suits you.

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Latest News & Stories

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