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Fruit Cake Friday – FREE networking in Warrington

Join us this Friday (28th April) here at Dallam Court in Warrington for our free networking event, Fruit Cake Friday. Network with like-minded business people over a light lunch, with ample opportunity to talk to other attendees both before and after hearing from our guest speaker.

The event is free to attend however for catering purposes, please reserve your space using the Eventbrite link here. We look forward to seeing you on Friday!

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Bridgewater House Open Day

Portal Business Centres is delighted to announce the opening of its third centre, Bridgewater House in Ellesmere Port. Please join us on 30th March between 11am and 2pm for the offical open day, where you can view the fantastic new facilities that we have on offer, meet the onsite team and enjoy a cup of coffee and some cake!


If you would like to come along, please let us know by emailing marketing@portalbusinesscentres.co.uk to allow us to cater accordingly. We look forward to seeing you there!

Portal Business Centres brings much needed business services to Ellesmere Port

Portal Business Centres Ltd is delighted to announce the opening of its third centre, scheduled to open in March. Based on the site of the former Bridgewater Paper Mill, Bridgewater House in Ellesmere Port will offer fully serviced office accommodation with a range of office suites from one person to 10, over 25 offices on the ground floor, as well as meeting rooms and virtual office services including telephone answering, mailing address and hot desk facilities.

As one of the leading independent serviced office providers in the North West, Portal Business Centres has been established for over 25 years, and currently has centres in both Warrington and Bromborough on the Wirral. This third centre will offer the same outstanding customer service that attracts clients to the existing centres, and will provide a range of business services in the heart of Port Cheshire.

Located just off junction 7 of the M53, the modern two storey building is ideally situated for access to the M53, providing quick and easy access to those commuting in and out of North Wales, Chester, Wirral, Liverpool and Manchester. The centre is well serviced with transport links including the M53, M56, M62, M6 and Ellesmere Port train station, and is within a thirty minute drive of both Manchester International and Liverpool John Lennon airports. The centre also benefits from on site kitchens, communal space and ample free car parking.

Commenting on the new centre, Sallie Maskrey, Managing Director, said “Portal Business Centres has been looking for the perfect site for its third centre for some time, and Bridgewater House ticks all the boxes for what is needed. It offers a wide range of accommodation choices, giving SME’s the chance to take office space within the centre and grow their business from within. The centre will be fully equipped with the latest VOIP telephony and broadband technology, a range of fully furnished offices ready to move into, bespoke, tailored packages to suit, and a reception staffed with professional, experienced team members who will be able to assist on all administrative matters, making Bridgewater House the ideal location to site any business. We will also be running our highly successful networking events, Fruit Cake Friday, at the centre, beginning in April, which will provide a forum for both clients and local businesses to come together and network in an effective and informal environment, whilst fostering a strong business community within the centre. We will be holding an open day towards the end of March and we hope that many local businesses will be able to attend and see the centre for themselves.”

The centre is currently available to view whilst the remedial works are finishing. If you are interested in finding out any more about the centre, or wish to take a tour, please contact the sales team at Bridgwater House on 0151 346 2266 or email bridgewater@portalbusinesscentres.co.uk.

Fruit Cake Friday January Dates

Following our Christmas break, Fruit Cake Friday is back this month with two events running at our Dallam Court and Thursby House centres. The free to attend networking events will be taking place on 13th January at Thursby House in Bromborough (click here for tickets) and on 20th January at Dallam Court in Warrington (tickets available here). Our January events are always well attended, please book now to avoid disappointment!

Portal installs cutting edge phone system throughout centres

Portal Business Centres has recently teamed up with ip-Xchange to implement a brand new telephone system throughout both centres. The cutting edge system allows users in the centres to access Mojo, a web based portal, meaning they can control their telephones from wherever they are provided they have an internet connection.

Some of the new services include: voicemail to email, itemised billing, call reporting, divert and dual divert options, company address book, hot desking, pin access, three person conference call feature directly from the handset, and also the option of dialling in to a multi user call.

Simply put, this means that clients can reap the benefits of working in their office without having to physically be there – they can manage their telecoms from anywhere they choose via the internet, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It also offers more control with the reports that are available, allowing accurate, up to date usage and call information.

“Staying up to date with the latest telecoms information is of vital importance when running a multi-client centre. Each client has varying needs and demands on a system and it is crucial that we can offer a telecoms solution that matches all of those needs. I felt that this system ticked all the boxes and ip-Xchange installed it with minimum disruption to our clients,” said Sallie Maskey, Managing Director, Portal Business Centres.

Stand Up for Wirral Mencap

Portal Business Centres was delighted to be able to assist the recent Wirral Mencap “Stand Up” Comedy Night via sponsorship of one of the performers.

The event, which took place at Tranmere Rovers Prentonian Suite, was fundraising for Wirral Mencap which provides services and opportunities to improve the quality of life for those living with a learning disability, and to offer support to both them and their families. Whilst Wirral Mencap is affiliated with Mencap, it is a completely separate charity and receives no national funding, which means that the charity relies on the support and fundraising of local people and businesses.

The comedy evening came about when it was realised that the number one fear in the UK is public speaking. So The Comedy Trust got involved with Wirral Mencap and set about running a five week comedy course in Birkenhead, pushing participants to find their funny bone and move out of their comfort zone, all in the name of raising money for a good cause. The Comedy Trust have been running its comedy programmes since 2002, and over 90% of participants report an increase in their confidence, communication skills and general wellbeing.

“As a local business we believ e that it is important to support local charities wherever possible, so we were delighted when Sharon from Wirral Mencap approached us and asked us to be a sponsor for the event. With no national support, small local charities rely on support such as this and I am delighted that it was such a successful evening,” commented Sallie Maskrey, Managing Director, Portal Business Centres.

For more information on Wirral Mencap, please contact a member of the team on 0151 666 1829.

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