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Basepoint Bring Exciting Expansion Plans to Exeter


Basepoint has officially launched its most westerly development to date, sited on Exeter’s Matford Park, with a ground-breaking ceremony.

The ceremony was attended by the new Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress of Exeter, Councillor Paul Smith and Mrs Sue Smith, and Senior Economic Development Officer, Maureen Gori de Murden. Basepoint plc, the UK’s fastest growing managed business centre operator, invited the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress to join in early celebrations to mark the start of work on its latest purpose-built centre offering unique, flexible two-week ‘easy in, easy out’ rental terms. A winning formula that has, to date, seen the organisation establish 21 successful centres across the south of England and Midlands with several more centres already in the pipeline. The new 2800 square metre Exeter centre will provide a choice of around 90 self-contained units ranging in size from 10 to 300 square metres. These include ideal one-person starter spaces for budding entrepreneurs, office suites to accommodate larger teams and drive-up studio workshops for light manufacturing or other ventures. The centre, being built by local builder Rok, will be fully managed with reception facilities during business hours with 24/7 access, meeting rooms and a full range of business support provided. All units will be let unfurnished and will be based in a good looking centre, have the latest technology, easy-in/easy-out terms and support from great people. The decision to locate its latest centre in Exeter has taken the company into new territory, as Basepoint Developments executive director, Phil Stansfield, explains: “The Exeter development, number 23 of its kind, marks the beginning of Basepoint’s expansion into the South West region which will be closely followed by a further scheme in South Bristol. We are excited to have chosen Exeter as the first location in this region to benefit from a Basepoint Business Centre, as the city is seen as the regional capital and has a great reputation for providing its residents with a high quality of life. By working with local builders Rok and Exeter City Council we’re addressing local needs whilst bringing Basepoint’s winning formula to the town and local businesses.” Bruce MacDonald, Rok Contracts Director, said: “We’re delighted to be involved with the project and look forward to providing a range of high quality accommodation for local businesses and others that are planning to locate to Exeter.” The location for the new Basepoint centre, Matford Park, itself is proving a popular site for a wide range of companies, not least because of its position next to the M5 giving fast and convenient access to the surrounding region and the Midlands. The new enterprise centre has also been welcomed by the local council and business support organisations as another key step in helping to encourage local businesses and entrepreneurs. As Lord Mayor of Exeter, Councillor Paul Smith, explains: “Exeter already enjoys an enviable reputation for the quality of life on offer in the region and the city council is committed to encouraging economic growth in the area. By working with companies such as Basepoint, we can ensure that local, regional and national businesses have the resources that they need in order to facilitate growth and help the local economy to prosper”. Basepoint Exeter is scheduled to open in Winter 2008.