Portal Business Centres
Office Solutions for Growing Businesses

Join us at our Business Networking Expo – Celebrating 25 Years in Business!

Portal Business Centres is delighted to be celebrating 25 years in business this year. To mark this milestone, we are holding a networking business expo event at our new centre, Bridgewater House in Ellesmere Port on Friday 21st July from 10am-1pm. The event is open to any local business and will feature a range of companies showcasing what they do, along with ample opportunity to network with other like minded people! Lexus Chester will also be offering test drives on the day, if you wish to take the opportunity to do so, please remember to bring your driving licence! The event is free to attend, all we are asking for is a small donation to Claire House which is our nominated charity for this year. So please join us on Friday and help us celebrate whilst networking, enjoy a cup of coffee and a slice of birthday cake!

Please book onto the event using the Eventbrite link below, and if you believe this would be of interest to any of your contacts, please feel free to circulate the link.

Hope to see you there!

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/portal-business-centres-25th-birthday-business-expo-tickets-35782731112

Behind the Scenes …. Meet our Team!

Jo Wiggins  is the Centre Manager at our Thursby House centre in Bromborough on the Wirral, and has been with the company for over six years.

“As the Centre Manager, it is my responsibility to oversee the day to day operations of the centre, ensuring that we stay safe and profitable. I also manage the sales side of the business and manage the other teams within the centre, including reception and cleaning. I was drawn to this role as I have a genuine interest in the clients that we have here in the centre, and their businesses. It is an integral part of the role to immerse yourself in the clients needs and ensuring that we meet them – which can be quite a challenge when you have multiple business all operating in completely different fields within the centre!

When I’m not in Portal, I enjoy karaoke, and I once sang Buffalo Soldier with a reggae band in Mexico. I can also get star struck, and announced to everyone in a restaurant once that Liza Minnelli was across the road outside Harrods (it wasn’t her). I also enjoy walking my gorgeous Wheaten Terrier Poppy,  taking my 14 year old daughter shopping,  and dancing around the living room with my husband after a few glasses of bubbly, finding old tunes on You Tube!”

Hmmm …. sometimes we shoudn’t ask these questions! Thanks Jo!

Fruit Cake Friday – FREE networking in Ellesmere Port!

Portal Business Centres is delighted to announce that its successful networking event, Fruit Cake Friday, is launching at its Bridgewater House centre on 23rd June. Local businesses are invited to come along and meet with like minded people over a light lunch, before hearing from our guest speaker. This month Portal is pleased to welcome back Michala Leyland from The Wood for the Trees coaching. Michala has spoken for us in the past and this promises to be a productive and interesting session.

The events are free to attend however places are limited. Please follow the Eventbrite link here to book your place. There is ample free parking on site. We look forward to seeing you on 23rd!

Fruit Cake Friday – FREE networking in Warrington!

It’s our FREE networking event this week! Taking place at our Dallam Court centre in Warrington, on 16th June at 12 noon, our popular Fruit Cake Friday event allows local businesses to network with like minded people in an informal setting. Join us for some open networking over a light lunch, before hearing from our guest speaker. There is further opportunity for some more networking before the event closes at 2pm.

This well attended event is free to attend however places are limited. Avoid disappointment and click here to reserve your space. We look forward to seeing you then!

Behind the scenes …. meet our Team!

At Portal, we know that what makes us great is the great team we have here! So over the next few months we’re going to be meeting the team and finding out what makes them – and Portal – special!

Meet Maz. Maz has the honour of being Portal’s longest serving member of staff, having been here since the day the door opened, over 25 years ago! Let’s find out a bit more about her.

“I’m the Accounts Administrator here at Portal so it’s my job to send out the invoices everyone just loves to receive! I’ve been with Portal for over 25 years, and have worked with our MD Sallie for over 30 years so I guess I must enjoy it! What do I bring to my role at Portal? I think I would have to say that I see myself as a friend to all – other members of the team have described me as maternal, so as a mother and a grandmother, I’m happy with that. Prior to joining Portal, I was a Medic in the British Army. One of my highlights during my time there was having to vaccinate a group of “burly” Marines prior to them being posted abroad. Over half of them could not bear to look at the needle, and three actually fainted! When I’m not hard at work, I absolutely love to travel, and I am lucky enough to have travelled by Chinook helicopter, aircraft carrier, microlight and a Chieftain tank!”

Thanks for that Maz! Pop back in a few weeks time to meet our next team member!

 

 

Fruit Cake Friday is coming to Ellesmere Port!

Portal Business Centres’ highly successful networking event Fruit Cake Friday is coming to Ellesmere Port. The networking event, which currently runs at both Dallam Court in Warrington and Thursby House in Bromborough, invites local businesses to come along and mingle with like-minded people, enjoy a light lunch, hear from our guest speaker and view the excellent facilities available at Bridgewater House.

The first event at Bridgewater House will be taking place on 23rd June, starting at 12noon. The event is free to attend however places are limited. To find out more or to register your place, please email marketing@portalbusinesscentres.co.uk.

Bridgewater House welcomes P and R Computing to the centre

Portal Business Centres is delighted to welcome PANDR Computing to its Bridgewater House, Ellesmere Port centre. The company supports small to medium sized businesses for all their IT needs and requirements, offering a more cost-effective solution than having an on-site IT team based within the business. Offering unlimited end-user helpdesk support, installation of equipment (servers, workstations, network infrastructure etc), PANDR can also provide consultancy services and staff training for Microsoft Office applications, and develop bespoke software to allow businesses to run more efficiently.

Commenting on the move to the centre, Phil Barnes, Director, PANDR, said “We were drawn to Bridgewater House due to the high standard of refurbishment which had taken place, the attractive pricing for the service provided and of course the location is a huge bonus – being situated so close to the motorway makes it an ideal location for travelling to customers or for anyone wishing to meet with us on site. The meeting room facilities were also a factor, as this allows us to train customers on site.”

Bridgewater House offers a number of fully furnished serviced offices, ranging from one man offices to 10 person suites, making it the ideal place to base your business. For further details or to arrange a tour, please contact the sales team on 01925 422907.

 

Serviced Office Space in Ellesmere Port

Portal Business Centres’ has recently opened its third centre in Ellesmere Port and has fully furnished serviced offices available for immediate occupation. Based on the site of the former Bridgewater Paper Mill, Bridgewater House has been completely refurbished to an exceptionally high standard, bringing much needed business services to the area.

With 25 offices ranging from one person accommodation up to bigger suites suitable for up to 10 people, the centre also benefits from a communal kitchen, break out areas, two meeting rooms and a large on-site car park.  Situated just off junction 7 of the M53, the centre is ideally located for anyone commuting from Chester, the Wirral, North Wales, Liverpool and Manchester.

For further details or to arrange a tour of the centre, please contact the sales team on 01925 422907.

Join us for Fruit Cake Friday – FREE networking on the Wirral

Fruit  Cake Friday is taking place this month on 19th May at our Thursby House centre in Bromborough. Join us for some networking with like minded, local businesses. Our events are well attended and free to come along to, please click to reserve your space to allow us to cater accordingly. We look forward to seeing you then.

Lisa Reeves joins Portal as Sales Manager

Portal Business Centres is delighted to announce the appointment of Lisa Reeves, who has joined the team as Sales Manager. Based jointly between Dallam Court in Warrington and Bridgewater House in Ellesmere Port, Lisa will be overseeing the sales across the centres.

With a background in both commercial and residential property lettings, Lisa is a valuable addition to the team.

Commenting on the appointment, Sallie Maskrey, MD,  said “We are delighted to welcome Lisa to the Portal team. This is a very important role, especially with Bridgewater House only recently opened, and I am confident that Lisa will bring something extra to the team we already have in place.”

Lisa can be contacted on 01925 422907 or by email at lisa@portalbusinesscentres.co.uk

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