Portsmouth Technopole unveils new cafe and meeting rooms

Customers at Portsmouth Technopole celebrate the opening of the business centre's new caf�. Pictured with them is Peter Outen, the centre manager, far right and Rebecca Evans (front right) from Crumbs cafe.
Customers at Portsmouth Technopole celebrate the opening of the business centre's new caf�. Pictured with them is Peter Outen, the centre manager, far right and Rebecca Evans (front right) from Crumbs cafe.
From left, University of Portsmouth head of brand strategy and corporate communications Emma Fields, Portsmouth FC commercial director Anna Mitchell, university governor and former Portsmouth FC President David Willan, football club CEO Mark Catlin and university vice chancellor Professor Graham Galbraith

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A serviced business centre in Portsmouth has unveiled a new café and three meeting rooms following a £100,000 investment.

Portsmouth Technopole, the five-storey landmark building by the M275 city gateway, has already seen usage of the ground floor rooms soar by a third compared to what was previously available.

Peter Outen, the centre manager, said: ‘We listened to our customers, who suggested that a contemporary café and new meeting rooms, with advanced audio-visual facilities and connectivity, would be well utilised by them and their own customers and suppliers.

‘We’ve invested £100,000 in enhancing the service offering and it is already paying off, with meeting rooms usage already up by 34 per cent in just a few weeks.’

The meeting rooms, break-out areas and café have been installed by fit-out company Hampshire Interiors.

Crumbs, which runs a coffee shop in nearby Kingston Crescent, was awarded a contract to run the Technopole café.

The café and hired meeting rooms are available to external companies.

There are 37 registered firms, with nearly 200 people employed between them, at 20,000 sq ft Technopole.

An office package includes telephone answering and message services, reception services, mail handling, use of meeting and conference rooms and access to networking events, workshops and business support.

Customers at the site include Bladez Toyz Plc, which recently took a third office due to product demand from high street retailers.

Bladez is a market-leading brand of innovative radio-controlled gadgets and 
toys, employing 15 people locally.

Another innovative company at the Technopole is SupaPowa, which provides wireless charging solutions for smartphones.

Portsmouth Technopole is run by Oxford Innovation, which turns empty properties into thriving serviced offices to meet the support needs of start-up or growing firms.