New tenants are welcomed to work and collaborate in the historical building in the heart of the city




Allia’s new Future Business Centre at Cambridge Guildhall was officially opened today. The Mayor of Cambridge, Councillor Mark Ashton cut the ribbon, and together with the Mayoress, Barbara Ashton and other Cambridge City Council representatives, they toured the ground floor which forms the new impact business hub, to meet Allia staff and the new tenants proud to move into their new workspace in the iconic building.

The non-profit organisation is leasing the building from Cambridge City Council, in order to let workspace to start-ups, charities and enterprises. This creates a city centre innovation business community, with a dedicated reception, a range of private offices, a co-working suite and five meeting rooms available for external hire.

New tenants that were present to meet the City Council tour party and talk about their ventures included COFARM (a local agroecological community farm), Orca Scan (a novel barcode creation app) and the Cambridge Centre for the Integration of Science, Technology and Culture (CCISTC), University of Cambridge.

Joining the Mayor and Mayoress were Fiona Bryant, Director of Enterprise and Sustainable Development; Cllr Mike Davey, Executive Councillor for Finance, Resources and Transformation; Jemma Little, Economic Development Manager; Dave Prinsep, Head of Property Services; and Andy Wood, Facilities Manager.


They also toured the community area within the centre, which will include a shop, a café and a large exhibition space for community art groups and networks, opening later in the autumn.

Cllr Mike Davey, Executive Councillor for Finance, Resources and Transformation, said:

Supporting businesses and the city centre economy are priorities for us and that’s why we have worked with Allia to set up this new business centre.

Our goal is for the centre to become a valued hub for start-ups, charities and enterprises and we’re pleased to have Allia as partners given its experience and expertise in running similar centres elsewhere in the city.

The Guildhall is well located for organisations looking for a city centre presence and I am sure the flexible, collaborative workspace will appeal to many.”


As the organisation continues to grow, it will strengthen its ecosystem of support for businesses that are creating a positive impact on the pressing challenges of the world, from local to global scale.


Allia Future Business Centres offer flexible workspace and a vibrant community for small businesses who are creating change. Allia Impact runs free business support programmes and innovative funded projects. Together, they are dedicated to supporting businesses to thrive, grow and create jobs, so that they can make a positive impact on their community, as well as addressing social and environmental global challenges. They are both subsidiaries of Allia Ltd, a registered charity which has, for over 22 years, been providing support & finance for ventures and businesses creating positive impact for people, place and planet. |