A new incubator facility for start-up gaming companies and micro enterprises has been opened in Leamington to encourage further inward investment.
The new centre is called 26 HT and is situated in Hamilton Terrace. It has been transformed from a disused property into a four-storey digital gaming hub after receiving funding from Warwick District Council and a £108,000 grant from the government’s Growing Places initiative following a successful bid from Warwick District Council and the Economic Growth Team at Warwickshire County Council.
Jonathan Browning, chairman of the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership (CWLEP), was given a tour of the premises by Gayle Spencer, business enterprise manager at Warwick District Council, along with the Council’s leader Cllr Andrew Mobbs and portfolio holder for economic development Cllr John Hammon.
The property, which officially opens on Monday (October 20), includes seven flexible offices and two meeting rooms for companies to test their games during the development stage.
Jonathan said Leamington, Warwick and Southam already has excellent links with the games industry and the opening of 26 HT provided further infrastructure for start-ups and micro enterprises to flourish.
“This is an exciting development and highlights the area’s growing reputation for hi-tech businesses because of the talented people who work in the industry that are based here,” he said.
“The space needs to be flexible to allow businesses to grow which has been achieved throughout the building and we hope this will become a hive of activity among start-ups.
“Many founders of start-ups started off at larger design studios and are in a position where they need the right infrastructure, support and advice which will also bring in inward investment which is among the key aims of the CWLEP.
“The digital cluster is growing organically in the sub-region and we want to continue moving the sector forward because of the economic impact it can have in the future.
“Strategically, this is a really good fit because ‘Silicon Spa’ is the third largest games cluster in the UK after London and Dundee.
“The opening of 26 HT after receiving significant funding from Growing Places ensures we continue to provide attractive studios for start-ups and micro enterprises to set up and encourage further inward investment.”
CAPTION: From the left, Warwick District Council’s Gayle Spencer, Cllr Andrew Mobbs and Cllr John Hammon with Jonathan Browning (CWLEP)