Tottenham's new enterprise centre officially opened
A listed building in the heart of Tottenham - transformed into a hub for entrepreneurs after being damaged in riots two years ago - opened today to boost job opportunities for local people.
The 639 High Road Enterprise Centre will offer space and support to ambitious locals starting their own business, with mentors on hand to give expert advice in a unique project supported by Haringey Council.
Help finding work, placements and volunteering opportunities will also be available to boost the chances of Tottenham's young people to get on the jobs ladder.
Haringey Council Leader Claire Kober said:
"It's great that one of Tottenham’s landmark buildings has been transformed into a community space that will support the wider regeneration of the area.
"The space and practical support for start-up businesses and entrepreneurs here is outstanding, and I hope that the guidance from dedicated advisors at 639 will also help our young people find the jobs, work experience and training they need to secure lasting employment."
Hundreds of people gathered this morning (Wednesday 8 May) to be given tours around 639, where exhibition space for local artists and the community is also on offer.
Ownership of the former council planning offices, which were badly damaged in the 2011 riots, has been handed to the Greater London Authority, who will manage the centre with the charity London Youth Support Trust.
Opening the building this morning, Mayor of London Boris Johnson said:
"The transformation of 639 High Road from a dilapidated shell into a buzzing new enterprise centre heralds a really bright future for the people of Tottenham.
"This fantastic building is now home to a cornucopia of services all aimed at boosting skills, helping people into work, fostering entrepreneurship and encouraging more people into volunteering through Team London.
"Having emerged Phoenix-like from the ashes, 639 High Road is now a place that everyone in Tottenham can be proud of and I’m delighted the doors are well and truly open."
The opening of the 639 High Road Enterprise Centre demonstrates the council’s commitment to the ongoing regeneration of the area, with consultation also underway on the future of north west Tottenham.
- To view the three options and have your say, see the High Road West consultation page before Friday 21 June