A new business centre in Ilkeston town centre has been officially opened. Erewash Business Centre, in The Old Police Station, Wharncliffe Road, was opened by local MP Maggie Throup.
The building lay empty and vandalised after police moved out until the former Ilkeston Co-op refurbished it.Enterprise agency Erewash Partnership took over the management in 2004 and used it as headquarters until last year when the building was closed and the Partnership moved to Bridge House on Derby Road, Long Eaton.
The building was bought from the Co-op by the Lester Point Pension Trust, which is solely-owned by Simon Woods, Chairman of Erewash Partnership and Managing Director of education equipment manufacturer TecQuipment, of Long Eaton.
The Trust paid for refurbishment of the 1906 red brick building. This included new windows on three sides, replacement boiler and heating system, energy-efficient LED lighting, new carpets and redecoration.Ian Viles, chief executive of the Partnership, which in the last financial year helped 97 businesses set up, said the centre would add to the variety of facilities for firms in the town and would complement its own business centre, Castledine House on Heanor Road.
“It is the first time we have worked with the private sector on such a scheme and such a prestigious building,” he added.