Town Square to open enterprise hub in Oxfordshire

The founders of Caerphilly-based innovation centre Welsh ICE have unveiled plans to open an enterprise hub in Oxfordshire.

Town Square Spaces has been appointed by Cherwell District Council to operate the new Perch Eco Business Centre in Bicester, which is a first-of-its-kind eco commercial building.

“Developed by Cherwell District Council, this is the first non-domestic building in the UK to achieve Passivhaus Plus, a rigorous standard for energy efficiency,” said Town Square in its announcement.

“It is part of a true zero carbon community developed by property group A2 Dominion, providing new housing alongside employment.”

Backed by £4 million of investment, the centre will provide office space and support to startups and small businesses in the region. Situated in the eco-village development in Bicester, it offers easy access to London thanks to non-stop trains running every hour from Bicester North station.

Gareth Jones, founder of Town Square, said: “We’re really excited to create this new kind of space at the Eco Business Centre.

“The building is truly unique, and through Perch Coworking we aim to create a brilliant community of businesses. We’re actively seeking someone to join us as our Community Manager and help us start to build a community of entrepreneurs.”

According to Town Square, the hub is scheduled to open later in the summer. And ahead of an official launch, it’ll work with Cherwell District Council, partners and enterprises to “engage with the local business community”.

Jones continued: “With Governments officially declaring a climate emergency, we hope this space and its community will become an example of how responsible enterprises can spearhead the development of SMEs and further grow local economies.

“The building is the first of its kind in the UK, and while the architecture sets new standards in terms of sustainability, we aim to grow its network and help its occupants thrive.”

Robert Jolley, assistant director of planning and economy at Cherwell District Council, added: “Town Square Spaces has a proven track record in managing business hubs across the UK and we are pleased to be working with them to bring small and medium-sized businesses to the centre providing local employment opportunities for our residents.”