Finding the Perfect Business Centre in Bath

Bath has several business centres catering to companies of various sizes. Whether you are working on your own or have a growing business, there are a number of modern facilities to choose from in and around the city. The location you choose will typically depend on where you want to based and the type of industry. The following are some of Bath's leading business centres that provide short and long term office solutions as well as support services for growing businesses.

University of Bath Innovation Centre

The University of Bath Innovation Centre is a membership-based business centre that offers work spaces and business supports. The centre is designed for high growth, high potential businesses and entrepreneurs. Located in the historic centre of Bath, the University of Bath Innovation Centre includes drop-in and flexible co-working spaces at Digicity facilities in Bath as well as The Engine Shed in Bristol. Digicity provides desk space, Wi-Fi and monitors for laptops. Flexible office space is also offered and there are also several conference and meeting rooms available for hire. Platinum membership with the centre is necessary in order to benefit from office space.

The centre operates several business networks that provide events, conferences, international promotion and other supports for innovating businesses. Networks include SETsquared, a partnership between the universities of Bath, Bristol, Exeter, Southampton and Surrey. SETsquared supports the growth of businesses through incubation, mentoring, business review panels, business and investor networks, licensing and spin-outs. The Silicon South West network hosts events for microelectronics businesses and assists with promotion in international markets, while the Assisted Living Action Network (ALAN) delivers regular meetings for the healthcare sector. Similarly, the Bath Girl Geeks is a dinner club for tech businesses and OpenMIC is a forum for debate and discussion on mobile applications and services.

Bristol and Bath Science Park

The Bristol and Bath Science Park is a leading business hub at Emersons Green in Bristol just four miles from Bristol Parkway Station and less than 15 miles north-west of Bath. The park includes established business centres and development sites for bespoke plots. Ranging from half an acre to nine acres, bespoke plots are ideal for established businesses looked to find dedicated premises. Each plot is served by redundant dark fibre for advanced bandwidth and connection speeds. Tenants include the world class National Composites Centre, which brings together leading innovators in composites research and manufacturing. The centre includes offices, workshop space and other facilities for businesses of all sizes.

The Innovation Centre helps businesses accelerate early growth and succeed under one roof. The facility includes high quality office space ranging from fully serviced offices to virtual offices. There are also a range of supports for businesses, including assistance with accessing funding and mentoring. The Innovation Centre also provides secure access with manned security and CCTV, shared and private meeting rooms, reception and bureau services, and high speed internet.

The Grow-On Centre is designed for businesses that are growing and need flexibility. Traditional office spaces as well as laboratory space are available for early stage and established businesses. Spaces can be adapted as a business grows, and leases are designed to allow companies to adapt as their needs change. Suites at the 25,000 square foot facility start at 3,000 square feet. There are shared conference and networking facilities as well as high bandwidth capabilities.

The Guild

Opened in 2013, The Guild is a leading shared workspace for businesses in technology and creative industries. Located in the city centre, The Guild provides an area for businesses to innovate and collaborate together. The 3,500 square foot facility is housed in the former Tech College at the historic Guildhall. The Engine Room is The Guild's most flexible space and where most members are based. Full-time desks are available at 'The Don't Lecture Me Room' and longer-term or permanent office space is found at 'The Fixed Abode'.

In addition to longer term fee-based membership options, The Guild is available for short term access with a day pass. The facility includes co-working spaces (hot desks), four meeting rooms, two phone rooms, and 100 MB wireless internet (1 GB fibre line). Meeting rooms can be hired by members and non-members. The Guild also features kitchen facilities, showers, a registered address service, printing and photocopying equipment, and other services.

Inigo

Inigo at 1 Queen Street in the city centre provides serviced offices as well as virtual services and meeting rooms. The building along with 26 others around the historic Queen Square was designed by John Wood the Elder as an attractive square for people to gather. The period property retains many original features, although offices have modern technology for businesses of various sizes. The business centre is just a five to ten minute walk from Bath Spa station.

Serviced offices at Inigo are designed to accommodate businesses with one to eight employees. Fees include rent, business rates, reception services, utilities, building management services, and 24-hour access. Terms are flexible and there is no minimum period. Inigo's meeting rooms including a boardroom for up to 18 people and another room for up to eight. Each meeting room has original fireplaces and features as well as Wi-Fi. Catering and equipment rental is also available. For businesses interested in virtual offices, Inigo provides registered address and post handling services. Virtual office services also include telephone forwarding services handled by professional staff.

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