Braintree-based business support agency Ignite Business to close

Tom Cunningham, Braintree District Councils cabinet member for economic development.

Tom Cunningham, Braintree District Councils cabinet member for economic development. - Credit: Archant

Braintree District Council is to take over the management of 42 business start-up units on the Springwood Industrial Estate.

The move follows confirmation by enterprise support agency Ignite Business, which currently manages the units alongside providing advice and training, that it is to close in May.

Ignite, which has been operating since 1983, said its services were no longer economically viable due to changes to the way businesses access support.

Nigel Harley, chairman of the Ignite board, said: “Over the last 35 years we have seen significant changes to the business support ecosystem, and how it is funded both regionally and nationally. Plus a far greater number of business support services have become available to people through professional service companies, peer to peer networking groups and the rise in information accessed via the internet. This ever changing landscape of support means that it is no longer economically viable for Ignite to provide its services.”

Tom Cunningham, the council’s cabinet member for economic development, added: “We would like to thank Ignite for all the work they have done to advise and support businesses in our district.

“Our top priority right now are the businesses working from the units in Springwood Drive and ensuring a smooth transition. Ultimately, tenants should not notice a difference as our asset management team is very experienced and is making contact with the tenants to provide reassurance.”

Braintree District Council will take over the management of the start-up units from May 1. Businesses looking for advice and support can contact the economic development officer at Braintree District Council to discuss their requirements.

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