As reported in the Yorkshire Evening Post on Friday 18 February, work has begun to build the new Tenants Hall Enterprise Centre in Middleton. This centre is being built on the site of the current Tenants Hall on Middleton Park Avenue, and will offer office and meeting room facilities for budding entrepreneurs and will also provide advisory support.
The centre is funded by Sharing the s, the Leeds Local Enterprise Growth Initiative and the European Union’s European Regional Development Fund. The building will be owned by Leeds City Council and managed by Health For All.
Health for All is a charity based in Middleton which works in partnership with local government, health services and local people to engage with and improve disadvantaged communities. It uses community development approaches to help people identify unmet need and work with them to establish services in response. Health for All’s sister company – Health for All Enterprises, is a new, independent Community Interest Company which was established in 2009 to provide support services to disadvantaged communities including community transport and mobile childcare.
Middleton and surrounding area have suffered in previous years with a rising unemployment rate and a lack of localised resoucres. It is hoped that the new centre will offer local business support and advice, igniting ‘entrepreneurial spirit’.