'Small businesses must not be forgotten' says Hull MP at reopening of business centre

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 8 Nov 2017

‘Small businesses in Hull must not be forgotten’ said Hull MP Karl Turner as he reopened a workspace in Hull, following a recent takeover and renovation.

Hull Microfirms Centre on Wincolmlee has supported small and start-up businesses for over 35 years.

It had been operated by Hull City Council, before it was purchased by Tradepark Ltd in May of this year, in a sale overseen by commercial agents, NPS Humber Ltd.

Since the purchase, Tradepark has undertaken a major refurbishment of the centre, with a vision to create a community hub for small businesses and entrepreneurs.

Pictured is from left Alex Browning - community manager, Karl Turner, Simon Butters of Microfirms - company secretary, and James Joannou (Pictures: Katie Pugh)

Karl Turner, MP for East Hull, attended the relaunch of the centre and says it is important that we do

“I was delighted to have been invited by the centre to reopen it after its renovation. It’s a brilliant space for small businesses.

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Small businesses in Hull do a lot for the economy. The fantastic big investments we have recently seen are hugely important to the city, but it is also important that we don’t forget the small businesses who are doing a lot to support the economy on a daily basis.

“While I was there I met some fantastic entrepreneurs. I met an upholsterers who had just secured a big contract with a manufacturer, and they had recently just taken on an apprentice.

Pictured is Karl Turner speaking with tenant Lara Roberts who paints furniture (Pictures: Katie Pugh)

“I could see these businesses going well at the moment, although they obviously have various concerns. A lot of small businesses owners want reassurances about the economy and it is important to allow them to continue to grow.”

Lara Roberts, who run’s Roberts Vintage Home, from the site says she has a “positive outlook” following the relaunch of the centre.

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She said: "The change of ownership of Hull Microfirms Centre was as smooth as it was beneficial. Tradepark and NPS ensured that our business was not disrupted by the purchase of the building but instead benefitted from it.

“The work Tradepark has done to the building has put the centre on the map, filled the empty units and made it a bustling community to work in. Investing in the cosmetics of the centre has made it a much more enjoyable place to spend time in and shown the occupiers that Tradepark care about our experience.

“The only worry I had was that the price of rent would increase along with the extra investment but this has not happened and the price continues to be very competitive and great value for money. Overall, I am very happy with the new owners and have a positive outlook for the future."

Pictured is Dave Ellerker upholsterer speaking with Karl Turner (Pictures: Katie Pugh)

A spokesman from Tradpark Ltd said: “Hull Microfirms Centre represents a great addition to the Tradepark Portfolio. The site is unique within Hull and we aim to continue to provide accommodation for start-up and small businesses.

“We are trying to establish a community feel to the site, with shared facilities and services that encourages collaboration and shared business knowledge to help start-up businesses to grow and generate employment.

“To assist this, we have invested in the site by refurbishing dated communal arrears and units and see a long term future in a revitalised Hull Microfirms Centre.”

James Joannou of NPS Humber Ltd said: “The sale of Hull Microfirms Centre is an outstanding result for small and start-up businesses in Hull. The sale secures the long term future of the site and its 70 existing small businesses and entrepreneurs.

“However, there is space still available in both the workshop and offices for other new businesses wanting flexible occupation.”

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