Kicking off 2019 with The Business Centre at 100% occupied and City Business Park at 96% is a great testament to our small team and the great offer we are providing small businesses in the city.
Plymouth Business Centres are so much more than just managed workspace. We aren’t just landlords. We provide genuinely supportive environments for our businesses with great links into the wider Council team, and what we offer is all at a really competitive rate. We are passionate and genuine, and really do love what we do.
2019 sees some really exciting projects for the team here after laying some great groundwork in 2018, but you may not all have met the whole team. Although we do our best to make sure you see us all, sometimes this just doesn’t happen.
So who are we?
We are led by Kate Martin our Managed Workspace Manager who has been in post for the last four years and seen the staff here change massively in that time. A tenant here herself back in 1996 (Eilis was just three years old), she has come full circle. She joined the Council’s Economic Development Team in 1997 and therefore has great ties within the city and the wider Council team. She is someone who always makes time for her tenants and is a real positive driving force for our small team which is what we need!
Next up is Eilis Bond, Deputy Managed Workspace Manager (that’s me!) with a job title longer than it really should be. I am basically Kate’s right hand. I manage our online presence, normally hiding in my ‘cupboard’ and bashing away on the keyboard. I have been in the team for three years now, coming from a year-long stint at Ballard House before which I was based at City Business Park for two years as their admin apprentice.
Hilary Wallace is our other Deputy Managed Workspace Manager and has been here the longest. Based at City Business Park for the last 17 years, Hilary is a well-known fixture here. Hilary saw the Park Link building at City Business Park grow from a paper plan to a reality so is a fountain of knowledge for us on the site’s history which, with an old building like City Business Park, is absolutely key!
Diane Sampson (Di to us all) is our City Business Park receptionist. She’s the newest member of the team, joining us in July and a great addition. As mad as the rest of us, and it feels like she’s been here so much longer. Coming from a very mixed background, Di has great knowledge of the city – and the buses – and always greets everyone with a smile!
Viv Metters is The Business Centre’s receptionist for the first part of the week. She’s been with the team for almost six years and is well known by all the tenants, and totally loved by all the dogs for her drawer full of Scooby snax! Viv is always happy to help and tries to accommodate all of our tenants’ needs.
Julie Ward is Viv’s other half, working the second end of the week on reception at The Business Centre and has been with us for nearly five years now. Julie is always looking rather glam in her heels and wearing a big smile. She has a really helpful manner with people. Job sharing means communication is key for Viv and Julie, something they are both great at and something our tenants really benefit from.
So that’s who we are – just a team of six, running two sites across the city, 184 units and looking after over 100 businesses.
It’s mad but we love it!