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Secretary of State opens Hereford's flagship business incubation centre in former munitions factory

14 June 2021
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Robert Jenrick, Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG), accompanied by Herefordshire MP Jesse Norman and Herefordshire Council Leader David Hitchiner, cut the ribbon on The Shell Store, which has been transformed from a former munitions site into a modern business incubation and innovation centre.

Shell Store SkylonThe £7.3 million Herefordshire Council project has established more than 2,100 sq metres of employment space, with room for new and growing businesses to set up and expand alongside facilities for development and innovation.

The businesses which take on the 25 business incubation units are forecast to create around 128 new jobs by 2023, rising to more than 450 by 2031.

The building also provides access to modern, accessible business meeting and conference space, as well as an onsite café, providing facilities to encourage networking and collaboration.

Mr Jenrick was joined on Friday by Hereford Enterprise Zone Chairman Andrew Manning Cox, seen greeting the Minister above, and Chair of the Marches Local Enterprise Partnership, Mandy Thorn, which supported the project with a £2.4 million loan.


Nicky Godding is editor of The Business Magazine. Before her journalism career, she worked mainly in public relations moving into writing when she was invited to launch Retail Watch, a publication covering retail and real estate across Europe.

After some years of constant travelling, she tucked away her passport and concentrated on business writing, co-founding a successful regional business magazine. She has interviewed some of the UK’s most successful entrepreneurs who have built multi-million-pound businesses and reported on many science and technology firsts.

She reports on the region’s thriving business economy from start-ups, family businesses and multi-million-pound corporations, to the professionals that support their growth and the institutions that educate the next generation of business leaders.

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