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Norfolk Business Awards 2018

A community is forged at busy business centre in Ipswich

PUBLISHED: 15:48 24 August 2018 | UPDATED: 15:49 24 August 2018

Basepoint Ipswich offices. Picture: MX2 Interiors

Basepoint Ipswich offices. Picture: MX2 Interiors

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Basepoint Business Centre in Ipswich has been fully occupied for the last five months, and has managed to maintain a 96% average occupancy rate since first opening almost 10 years ago.

Basepoint Ipswich offices. Picture: MX2 InteriorsBasepoint Ipswich offices. Picture: MX2 Interiors

The centre at The Havens boasts 70 offices, small business units from 1 person suites to open plan offices up to 1,500 sq ft. It was part of Basepoint Centres Ltd until last May, when the company was acquired by IWG which also owns Regus and Spaces. This acquisition added 31 business centres, mainly across the South East, to IWG’s portfolio, taking it to over 340 serviced offices in the UK and over 3,000 globally.

The ACT Foundation, a charitable trust organisation and the original owners of Basepoint, decided to sell the business to allow them to place more funding into charity grants.

Businesses who are part of the Regus membership scheme are able to use any centre in the UK which now includes Basepoint, allows them to make use of the breakout area (in the case of Ipswich) or the business lounges (in Chelmsford, Norwich and Cambridge) to work from occasionally, meet clients or book the meeting room for larger training or meetings. A virtual service is also available allowing small businesses to have a registered business address without the overheads of a physical office.

Over the past year some small changes have been made at Basepoint to allow administration processes used within Regus to be implemented, but the Basepoint branding has not been affected and its signature green and white colours remain.

Free Networking events including a buffet lunch are held at the centre bi-monthly with the next one being held on Friday 28th September. Guest Speaker Alistair Port from Orwell Accountants will be explaining what you need to know about making tax digital.

This month, the Ipswich centre help a Bake Off event, which Emma from JDS Logistics winning with her Victoria Sponge.

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