Elva Business Centre


Elva Business Centre

Elva Business Centre opened in July 2010 as an employment site for small businesses on variable leases.

Napier House

It is sited on the former Sidley Goods Yard, which until the late 1960's was used as a railway siding, goods yard and depot. It has now been redeveloped by the Council to provide flexible, affordable space for small and start-up businesses.

Named after the sports car marque which was designed and built in Bexhill-on-Sea, the Elva Business Centre has been built to high standards of energy efficiency, with the benefit of renewable energy such as ground source heating and photovoltaic panels to provide electricity.

The smaller office / incubator units are offered on an 'all-inclusive' fee that includes rent, rate, heating and electricity. Flexible leases mean that tenants have the reassurance that they are not tied into a long-term commitment, which can be a barrier to a small business trying to grow in an uncertain economic climate. The Council is also offering a package of free business support and advice to all tenants, through Let's do Business group.

Bexhill's motor racing heritage is reflected in the names of the three blocks in the scheme. 'Nichols Workshop' is named after Frank G Nichols, the motor racing enthusiast who designed the Elva. 'Edge Workshop' is named after Selwyn Francis Edge, an Australian businessman who raced his car in the inaugural 1902 Bexhill speed trials. The incubator units are known as 'Napier House' after the car driven by Selwyn Francis Edge. The names were chosen by children from the nearly Sidley Primary School.

The Elva Business Centre is now fully operational and has proved extremely popular to small businesses, many of whom are either new businesses or taking commercial space for the first time.

Interested parties should contact the Property Officer, Town Hall, Bexhill on Sea on Tel 01424 787581.

For details see pdf icon Elva Business Centre brochure [2Mb].

John Surtees opening Elva Business Centre
John Surtees opening Elva Business Centre
 Motor racing legend John Surtees cuts the ribbon on the £3.5million regeneration scheme in Bexhill on July 22nd 2010.

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