£3.9m ergo centre in Hessle opens its doors during Business Week

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 5 Jun 2018

Two decades of work finally came to an end when the new £3.9m ergo business centre in Hessle officially opened its doors.

The new centre, a joint development by East Riding of Yorkshire Council in partnership with the University of Hull, will focus on the renewable and green sector, and provides state-of-the-art office and conference spaces.

It was officially unveiled to a packed room of business and political leaders on Tuesday, June 5 as part of the Humber Business Week.

Cllr Stephen Parnaby, leader of East Riding Council, said: “It was 20 years ago when this was first thought up. A lot of that was the development of the Bridgehead Business Park as a whole.

“It was largely delayed due to issues with Highways, and then in 2008 the economic downturn hit the region.

“We were looking for funding, and when the university came on board it proved to be a massive boost.”

The ergo centre forms an integral part of the Bridgehead business park.

The whole park has the potential to support up to 3,000 jobs over its lifetime.

Read more: Olympic champion Sally Gunnell visits Hull for the first time as part of Humber Business Week

Lord Haskins, chair of the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership, was also in attendance at the official opening.

He said: “The ergo centre is in the right location to bring the business community together.

“It is readily accessible for potential investors from elsewhere, and is perfectly situated next to the A63 as well.

“It forms part of the Humber’s Energy Estuary vision, which I was partly responsible for creating.

“We have evert type of energy here in the Humber apart from nuclear, and it is about bring all of those together to help the region succeed.”

As well as £2m capital investment from the council, £1m was secured for the centre from the Government’s Local Growth Fund via the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), around £710,000 from the Green Port Growth Programme, supported by the Regional Growth Fund, and an equity investment from the University of Hull.

Read more: Humber Business Week: Time for region to make it's mark

The ergo centre is also home to Moe’s Kitchen Café, which provides the perfect hub to meet over lunch or coffee.

Professor Susan Lea, vice-chancellor of the University of Hull, said: “The university is delighted to be a partner in this fantastic building and we are pleased to have been actively engaged with East Riding of Yorkshire Council throughout its development.

“The Bridgehead location is superb and we believe the ergo partnership will provide further appeal for the businesses the Humber needs to support its long-term growth in the key areas of renewable energy and clean energy.”

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