NEW businesses at a hi-tech business centre have been welcomed to their new premises.

Professional 3D printing solutions company, Ultimaker, which moved at the end of January, is the latest company to join some of the region’s best digital and creative businesses at Strawberry Fields Digital Hub in Chorley.

Directors of Ultimaker, Paul Croft and Alex Mayor had the pleasure of showing Chorley MP Lindsay Hoyle, the new Speaker of the House of Commons, and Chorley Council’s leader Alistair Bradley around their new offices and talking about the exciting projects that they deliver.

Mr Croft said: “As an innovative and energetic company we needed to be based somewhere that would accommodate our creativity and support our plans for future growth. We’re really enjoying working from the hub and it’s great to be working alongside other digital and creative organisations.”

Driven by technology, Ultimakers offers high-quality 3D printing solutions, software, and materials that work together and is trusted by some of the world’s top companies, designers and engineers.

Brick Web Technology, Purple Pig ICT, Sherpa Consultants, Just Social and Digital Lancashire are just some of the companies that have all been enjoying life at Strawberry Fields since before Christmas.

Specialised web solutions, hardware and software solutions, IT Support and telephone systems, social media and business apps are just some of the services offered by organisations at the hub.

Cllr Bradley said: “We are thrilled to welcome all the businesses to the hub. It’s great to see it becoming a real hive of activity within the digital and creative sectors with new tenants moving into the office space, using the hot desks and pods, plus many events taking place.”

The location of Strawberry Fields has been a big attraction for new tenants. Just minutes away from the M61, M6, M65 motorways and other transport links.

The £8.4 million hub is owned and managed by Chorley Council, which secured £4.1million in grant from the European Regional Development Fund to make it happen.

It offers 40,000 sq ft of collaborative space ranging from hot desks to more traditional office suites and a mix of meeting and training rooms available for hire, which are already home to regular networking events and business workshops.

Onsite business advisors provide support and flexible leases are available so there is room for businesses to grow in the future.