Small businesses offered free office space in state-of-the-art York Hiscox HQ

Do you want to join the club? The Hiscox York HQ. Photograph: Richard McDougall
9 Dec 2015 @ 5.14 pm
| Business, News

Here’s a cracking offer for small businesses in York – free office space in the city centre’s swishest new building.

Specialist global insurer Hiscox has teamed up with Make It York and York St John University to create the pioneering Hiscox Business Club.

Apply on the Hiscox Business Club page

Deadline: Fri Jan 15, 2016. Successful business will be notified by mid-Feb and the Business Club will open in March

This is open to local entrepreneurs and business owners with up to four employees operating in any field from accountancy to web design.

Members of the club will have access to…

  • desk space
  • meeting rooms with video-conferencing and projection facilities
  • wi-fi and printers
  • the bike store
  • and the Hiscox Art Café.

They could benefit from PR and marketing exposure via Hiscox and its partners, and gain opportunities to:

  • collaborate with Hiscox
  • network at exclusive Hiscox Business Club events
  • access business support services from Make It York
  • and attend a range of other invite-only events in the city such as York St John University’s Business Masterclasses.

‘Inspiring entrepreneurs’

Inside the Hiscox HQ. Photograph: Morten Odding
Inside the Hiscox HQ. Photograph: Morten Odding

“SMEs are an important part of our business and Hiscox Business Club enables us to practically support some of this city’s inspiring entrepreneurs,” said Alan Millard, chief operating officer at Hiscox UK.

“We look forward to experiencing the buzz they will inevitably bring to our fantastic new office.”

Steve Brown, managing director at Make It York, also welcomed the club:

The Hiscox Business Club is a great addition to the city.

We are delighted to be working with Hiscox to provide more of the city’s start-ups and entrepreneurs with access to the facilities and support they need to help them grow.

Landmark office

The view across to the Minster from the new HQ. Photograph: Timothy Soar
The view across to the Minster from the new HQ. Photograph: Timothy Soar

The launch of the Hiscox Business Club comes shortly after the official opening of the landmark office on Peasholme Green in York.

A striking addition to the Hungate area of the city, it represents a £19 million investment and employs 230 people so far.

Alan Millard said:

Our York office has been a long time in the making and the finished product has exceeded all our expectations.

It is an architecturally beautiful yet practical building and, we hope, a fantastic addition to the city.

The Hiscox Building in York is a multi-function office, housing everything from underwriting, claims, customer services, IT, HR and other operational roles as well as the company’s customer experience centre for the North.

In time it will become Hiscox’s biggest British office outside London and employ up to 500 people.