Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Tuning in for the Help That Can Be So Vital

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Tuning in for the Help That Can Be So Vital

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A former North-East broadcasting landmark has been given a new lease of life as offices for start-up and growing businesses.

The former home of Metro Radio, in a rural haven near the River Derwent in Gateshead, has been transformed into space where businesses can grow.

The brainchild of Lynn Gate, The Office Company aims to support new enterprises by providing fully serviced accommodation on flexible terms.

Lynn, who also owns The Storage Company, said: "Times can be tough when you're starting a new business or trying to grow, with all the red tape and the practical hoops you have to jump through.

"I know from experience what it's like and it's my passion to be able to help young, entrepreneurial businesses. We need in this region to give them all the support we can."

A three-month refurbishment programme by M Gate Contracts has transformed the 18,000sq ft, three-storey building into Metropolitan House. It is already half full and developing fast into a thriving business community.

Performing the official opening, North-East business leader Sir Peter Vardy said: "Lynn is a lady of vision, determination, passion and compassion. She has had great hopes for the building since buying it last June and has not only transformed the building but has also come up with a great concept.

"Helping young enterprises to get started is such a need in this region; we need 33,000 new businesses just to catch up to the national average.

"When I was starting a new company I couldn't believe how difficult it was just to get telephones and computers connected. Here, all that is already done. Businesses can come in, sit at desk, pick up the phone and get started. They are supported, encouraged and will grow."

Mark Illes was running his building services and engineering consultancy from home before moving into Metropolitan House. …

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