A Richmond college has launched affordable co-working spaces, to help businesses get a head start.

Richmond and Hillcroft Adult Community College (RHACC) has named the space "The Bridge," to reflect its aim to help businesses transition and grow.

Jane O’Shea, RHACC’s Independent Vice Chair Governor cut the ribbon in front of a number of special guests including Anne Newton, Richmond Chamber of Commerce CEO, Samantha Silver of Action Attainment, Michelle Cavanagh of Tracey Gilham Casting and Kathryn Williamson of Richmond Council for Voluntary Service.

The Bridge is located two minutes from Richmond Station and has been kitted out with everything any new and upcoming business could need, with high quality superfast WiFi, on-tap refreshments, shower and printing facilities and rest areas as well as work spaces designed to suit a variety of business requirements.

Alongside the co-working office space there are also private offices and meeting rooms which can be booked by the hour or day.

Explaining the concept behind The Bridge, RHACC Principal Gabe Flint said: “Our mission is to provide the resources that enable adults to unlock their talent and fulfil their potential through learning, skills and enterprise.

"We see The Bridge as the perfect resource for small and developing businesses who are transitioning to larger/dedicated premises who can grow gradually without the burden of onerous costs and contracts.

"The Bridge also provides small businesses and lone workers a chance to network and socialise and share knowledge and ideas in a very well equipped, bright, light and modern office space.”