New lease of life for Bridgnorth building

An empty building in the centre of Bridgnorth is being brought back to life thanks to an exciting plan by a local business consultancy.

Good2Great, who specialise in helping businesses in Shropshire and the West Midlands, is developing the former Brasserie restaurant in the High Street into an innovative co-working centre.

“The Brasserie closed over three years ago and it has been empty since. We had the idea to convert it after seeing similar successful spaces in Oswestry and Shrewsbury,” explained Johnny Themans of Good2Great.

He applied for a grant from Shropshire Council and the project was awarded a grant through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

“Our work with small and medium sized enterprises has shown that there is a real need from entrepreneurs for flexible office space, especially post-pandemic. There are also more new businesses than ever starting in the county, as well as people working from home with ‘hybrid working’ so we think this will fill a real gap.”

The premises, to be re-named The Printworks as The Bridgnorth Printing Company traded there throughout the last century, will have ‘hot desks’ to rent by the day, meetings rooms and three sound-proofed ‘zoom booths’, as well as permanent office space for local businesses.

Rental will be available on a short or long term basis, by the hour, day or month.

 

Johnny added: “It will be perfect for people working from home, who want to find a flexible, professional workspace as an alternative to the dining room table.

 

“It will also attract local businesses looking to work alongside other companies in a professional and social environment and firms looking for well-appointed and compact office accommodation that they can rent on a flexible basis.”

 

Local tradespeople are being employed in the refurbishment, which should be completed by the end of May.

 

Graeme Manton, estate manager of Apley Estate, who own the premises, said: “We are really excited to be able to support this project as it will bring life back into the building and support so many local businesses.”

CAPTION: Johnny Themans of Good2Great with Tracy Woods from the Economic Growth Team at Shropshire Council outside The Printworks.

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