Karratha Enterprise Hub opened at soft launch

Shannon BeattiePilbara News
Business Centre Pilbara chief executive Paul Jagger, City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long and MLA Kevin Michel at the soft launch of the Karratha Enterprise Hub.
Camera IconBusiness Centre Pilbara chief executive Paul Jagger, City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long and MLA Kevin Michel at the soft launch of the Karratha Enterprise Hub. Credit: Courtney McFarland

New business incubator the Karratha Enterprise Hub may not yet be completed in its entirety, but the second floor is open for business and there is already a waiting list for small offices.

A soft launch of the hub was held last week to show off its co-working space, small offices, presentation spaces, state-of-the-art multi-media services and kitchen facilities to potential users.

Business Centre Pilbara chief executive Paul Jagger said the purpose of the soft launch was to give some of the existing partners and stakeholders the opportunity to see what they’re doing.

“It’s early days for us but we’ve got full occupancy to our offices and a waiting list of four,” he said.

“We’ve run programs from our meeting rooms and we’ve held workshops, so we’re pretty happy with how we’re tracking, given all that’s occurred before our actual launch.”

Focus HR Consulting owner Hayley Brown offers out-of-house HR support to small and medium businesses and said so far her clients had really loved the space.

“I’m a one-woman show and I didn’t want to work from home as I’ve got two kids so it’s really distracting,” she said.

“I hired an office because I wanted a professional space where I could have meetings while also interacting with other businesses to help generate referrals and recommendations.”

A small business as it grows needs different solutions and Mr Jagger said that was exactly what the Enterprise Hub provided.

“Typically they would start with a hot-desking chair, then a slightly larger and more permanent position through a co-working desk and then progress on to an office,” he said.

The Enterprise Hub was funded by the Pilbara Development Commission and Business Centre Pilbara.

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