A NEW deal means tenants at The Base in Warrington town centre will have access to advice from five leading advisory and training businesses.

The grade-A offices, established to support companies in the advanced manufacturing and engineering sectors, now house more than 70 employees in a range of businesses.

Five partners – Grant Thornton, FDR Law, Inventya Ltd/Enterprise Europe Network, Santander and Warrington’s University Technical College – have all signed a memorandum of understanding to work closely together on a range of initiatives and promotions that will support tenants.

The partners were selected because of their expertise in areas such as tax, R&D, innovation, law and skills development.

“This is a significant step forward in our promise to tenants to create Warrington’s leading hub for innovative, high-growth businesses.

“By allowing them to tap in to the expertise and talent of our partners we can help them grow even faster,” said Sylvie Morton, business development manager at Langtree, who manage the building on behalf of owners Warrington & Co.

A 12-month programme of clinics and joint events has been developed with the partners and will include subjects such as innovation, talent attraction and retention.

Tenants are then free to contract with the partners on more detailed support, as required.

David Hawley at business and tax advisors Grant Thornton, said: “We are delighted to be working with The Base and offer support to the dynamic businesses that it will attract.

“Our dedicated north west business growth team offers a range of specialist financial, taxation and assurance services that can add significant value and accelerate growth.

“This is a very exciting development in the region and offers a great facility and infrastructure for business in Warrington.”

The Base, on Dallam Lane provides 50,000 square feet of Grade A office space and is home to more than 70 staff in a range of industries.

The building was developed by Warrington & Co, the private-sector led regeneration arm of Warrington Borough Council.

It is home to the successful BaseConnect networking platform, which provides a networking hub for SMEs from across the Warrington area and has almost one hundred members.

More information can be found at baseconnect.thebasewarrington.co.uk/