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RiDO Business Centres take their offer online

posted 4 Nov 2010, 03:10 by RiDO Rotherham   [ updated 4 Nov 2010, 03:14 ]
It’s now even easier for people in Rotherham who are in the early stages of their business to find an ideal location for their venture thanks to a new website from Rotherham Investment & Development Office (RiDO).

RiDO operate a number of business centres across the Borough that provides a range of small offices and workshops, ideal for new businesses that can benefit from a secure and supportive environment in which to develop their business successfully.

The new RiDO Business Centre website ( includes interactive plans of each of the four centres, immediately showing potential tenants the options of available space at each location. The interactive plans also identify and promote the other companies already located at each Centre.

RiDO’s Business Centre Manager, Amanda Parris says;  

“We wanted to make it easier for those new businesses looking for potential office or workshop space to see exactly what is available, and to provide easy access to the teams at each centre who can help potential tenants.

“We offer a number of benefits for companies looking to expand into their first business premises. These include easy in / easy out terms so businesses aren’t tied into long lease arrangements, professional premises without the high costs and modern facilities that help enhance the image of the business.”

When RiDO decided to commission the new business centre website they kept the work ‘in house’ by inviting three of the  tenant companies within the Centres with web design skills to pitch for the work. The successful company were website specialists Castus Design, from the Matrix @ Dinnington business centre.

Gary Hides, one of Castus’ Directors explains how the project was close to his heart;

“It was great to be awarded the Business Centre website project, not only to work with RiDO but also the opportunity to show how good the centres are as locations for young, growing businesses such as ours.

“We’ve have been based here for 18 months now and it really is ideal for us. Thanks to the support available from RiDO, taking the leap to our first office premises wasn’t as daunting as we had expected.

“The novelty still hasn’t worn off when I arrive at work each morning in such a plush building. Obviously this helps to give potential clients the right impression when they visit us. I like to call it the ‘wow’ factor which is the message we wanted to communicate through the website.”

RiDO has a 20-year pedigree of running business centres and helping new and young businesses to survive and prosper. There is documented evidence that new start businesses benefit from being located with like-minded business people, and support is provided by RiDO’s dedicated centre staff and professional business advisers, available at any time to act as mentors and business coaches.

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