Where we are now:
After 5 years of planning and fundraising, the Trust is now working to complete the final stages of the Project. The building has now been unwrapped following the dismantling of the temporary roof and scaffold that has dominated the town’s landscape over the last six months.
With major structural and external repair work complete, work is now starting on the building’s interiors. The capital project is on target to complete this Autumn with a view to the building being open for business before the end of the year.
We have appointed our Centre Manager, Michele Morgan, who will be starting work in June to help us shape the LSI offer, to find occupiers for our stunning office areas and to set up a framework for the use of our planned innovative work hub space, meeting and training rooms which together, aim to enable and support small businesses to develop, collaborate and grow.
The Centre Manager will also be helping to develop exciting interpretation projects in the building to convey it’s rich industrial heritage and it’s continuing future role in supporting enterprise in the town. Intrinsic to the offer will be LSIfood, our canteen which will be open to LSI users and the public alike.
We are still looking for the last bit of funding to ensure that this project has all the resources it needs to make it the stimulating business development centre for the local area which will help small emerging businesses and give better access to training for our young people. Please help in any way you can by attending our events or making a donation. It will be so appreciated!