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Kibblesworth Village Millennium Centre (KVMC) has placed rural business development at the heart of its community operations with the opening of its brand new rural enterprise hub.

On 18th March 2016, Dave Anderson MP opened the new facility and was joined by Councillor Alex Geddes Mayor of Gateshead and Jacqui Kell, Chair of the Rural Growth Network in the ribbon cutting ceremony.

The opening of the new rural enterprise hub facilities will complement the existing thriving community centre which provides space, services and activities for the local community and surrounding area.

Kibblesworth Village Millennium Centre has secured £42,400 from the Rural Growth Network to support the project which includes the creation of three iconic enterprise pods within the grounds and conversion

of space within the centre building to create further office accommodation, informal business meeting space and toilet facilities. There is a growing demand for business space in this area and the scheme will offer the opportunity for existing businesses to expand or new businesses to locate at the site. The project will provide 6 jobs and create opportunities for local businesses to network, start or grow.

Norma Bolton, Vice-Chair of Kibblesworth Village Millennium Centre said: “We are delighted and very grateful to the North East Rural Growth Network for the opportunity to provide much-needed space for local businesses.

“Kibblesworth Village Millennium Centre is at the heart of the community, providing a venue for many local groups, events and activities, so the addition of office and meeting space will bring new opportunities and create new jobs for local residents.”

Gillian Hall, North East LEP Board member, said: “This investment is extremely good news and the development will support the vibrant and entrepreneurial community already in place within this locality.

“Part of the North East LEP’s remit is to work with our partners to create more and better jobs for all and this funding will certainly help achieve this objective.”

Councillor Liz Twist, Gateshead Council Cabinet Member for Economy said: “The Rural Growth Network has been supporting economic growth in rural Gateshead over the last three years. This latest project will provide much needed business space and job opportunities for local residents, whilst helping to secure the long term future of the Centre.”

The enterprise hub is ready to welcome businesses that are looking for a place to start up or grow.

For more information contact Emma Hodgson at Kibblesworth Village Millennium Centre on 0191 411 1193 or email [email protected]

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