New CIC opens its doors on Erdington High St — HUB 109 has great ambitions

HUB 109, Erdington High Street

A new Community Interest Company has opened its doors at 109 High Street, Erdington, and is busy combining serviced and hot desking space, business incubation support, business consultancy and social benefit. It is called HUB 109 and its founder Sean Alimajstorovic has been explaining the enterprise’s purpose.

“Incorporated as recently as December 2018, HUB 109’s newly refurbished premises offer cost-effective solutions for local businesses — whether they are seeking shared hot desking space, incubation and start-up support, networking opportunities or permanent tenancies,” explains Sean. “It’s all about providing benefit to business start ups.”

He continues: “Our mission is to help and support entrepreneurs or intending entrepreneurs, freelancers, sole traders and recent graduates starting in business. We provide assistance to all those who are contributing to making ‘a good economy’ — by which we mean those who are seeking social, environmental as well as financial impact and those who are working in a range of industries across the green economy, social enterprise, arts, social finances and creative ventures.”

The business was prompted by Sean’s own experience. “I found from personal experience of the start up process that finding the space to work from, identifying help and advice, accessing professional networks and meeting the right people all present big barriers for new businesses. But the single biggest obstacle for start ups is the cost and inflexibility of workspace accommodation. I was convinced we could help with that.”

HUB 109 provides start ups and businesses with an affordable and supportive incubator environment, including workspace, meeting rooms, consultancy services, resources, and events.

But its ambitions don’t end there. “We want to help others overcome the barriers to socially focused enterprise and entrepreneurship,” Sean says, “and become a platform for business activity that’s driven by social purpose. Come and see us at HUB 109 and let’s find out how we can help your venture.”

Find out more: HUB 109 website, send mail or ring 0121 405 4405.

Birmingham UK. Freelance research, evaluation and policy consultant specialising in social enterprise and the third sector. I maintain the BSSEC blog and website

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