Bristol Spaceworks marks another important milestone in 2017 when we celebrate the 25th anniversary of Easton Business Centre (EBC) opening its doors for business.
In that time, there have been many changes but the fundamental aim has been to provide affordable and flexible workspace and act as a catalyst for job growth in the areas of Bristol our business centres are based.
Fridgetech and Piston Broke are still trading from EBC today after moving in shortly after opening in 1992. Several other licensees have been based here for many years and we are very grateful for them choosing to develop their business with us and employ many people over the years.
As well as these longer-term licensees, there are many more who choose to use our buildings for temporary and medium term objectives. Platinum Pet Food and Care Ltd are a German / Spanish company, who entered the UK market in 2014 and we were delighted they chose to start their UK operation at EBC. Through the tireless work of their UK General Manager, Hector Gutierrez, attending trade shows throughout UK, including Crufts and marketing their premium pet food product online, the business developed and sales quickly increased.
Hector recruited team members and took on apprentices to help service the growth. In April 2017, he moved the business to their own warehouse and office space in Bristol, which gave them greater flexibility in managing the distribution themselves.
Hector commented on his time at EBC. “The perfect place for a start-up. The EBC team manage the whole facility perfectly so you do not have to worry about bills, repairs, maintenance, etc. This makes your life much easier and it gives you the chance to entirely focus in your project development. There are businesses from many fields which provides synergies and a great varied atmosphere. I would definitely recommend it for any entrepreneur who starts a new venture.”
Another interesting example of a licensee who was based at EBC for 18 months was the technology and science companies, Ziylo and Unit DX.
Ziylo was founded by a team of Chemists from the University of Bristol, who were developing special molecules which measure sugar levels, with the aim of applying them in a variety of industrial settings.
Dr. Harry Destecroix was one of the Co-Founders while finishing his PhD at the University of Bristol and chose to base themselves at EBC with Finance Director, Tom Smart, and their team.
Alongside the work of Ziylo, they created and built the Unit DX Science Incubator. Unit DX is a high-tech version of EBC for science companies, letting purpose-built lab space alongside office space. Harry, Tom and the team converted a warehouse in St Philips, close to Temple Meads station with state of the art infrastructure, including a network of ventilation pipes to extract the dangerous fumes produced in experiments.
They moved to EBC in January 2015 to project manage the build of Unit DX, as well as running Ziylo. After initially moving in and requiring 2 offices, they expanded by renting an additional office.
Tom Smart said “We are extremely grateful for the support from Matt and all the team at Easton Business Centre. Everyone has always been very accommodating and it has been a pleasure to be part of such a dedicated community. We have taken much inspiration from the workings of the centre for our own operation at Unit DX.”