A state-of-the art business centre has officially opened its doors to provide a place for companies to call home in South Tyneside.
Clervaux Exchange in Jarrow aims to be the place to be for existing or aspiring entrepreneurs to base themselves.
The building in Clervaux Terrace was the former Jarrow police station, but after a huge revamp it now houses various-sized offices, and meeting and conference rooms.
The centre, owned by Mark Black, was officially opened by the Mayor and Mayoress of South Tyneside, Coun Richard Porthouse and his wife Patricia.
Coun Porthouse said: “I feel privileged to have been asked to officially open the new building.
“The work Mark and his team have done and the changes they have carried out to the building is just remarkable.
“It such a warm and inviting place and the quality of the decor is fantastic.
“It is such a great asset for us to have in South Tyneside, and we wish Mark and his team the best of luck for the future.”
Already 20 per cent of the building is now being occupied by companies.
It is the second centre of its kind Mr Black has opened, and it is hoped it can emulate the success of its the first, at the former Wallsend Town Hall in North Tyneside.
Mr Black said: “If we can help someone who starts off in a one or two-person office and help grow them into the next big business – that, for me, would be a dream come true.
“We are very privileged to have found such a fabulous building. We have 50 offices in total, ranging from one-person offices to rooms which can cater for 15 to 20 people.
“It is a flexible building and we can do a lot with it once the businesses start coming in, and our prices are as competitive as they can be.”
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