Serviced offices hub in Portsmouth recruits new centre support assistant

Warm Welcome - Emma Main of Portsmouth Technopole

A thriving serviced offices centre in Portsmouth has appointed a new centre support assistant.

Emma Main joins the team at Portsmouth Technopole, which has 37 registered firms employing 250 people between them on site.

Located at Kingston Crescent, just off the city gateway to the M275, the 20,000 sq ft centre also has 32 virtual customers and drop-in meeting rooms, conference  and ‘touchdown’ facilities.

The five-storey building, owned by the University of Portsmouth, is run by Oxford Innovation, which operates 20 similar innovation centres across the country on behalf of freeholders and local authorities.

Peter Outen, Portsmouth Technopole’s centre manager, said: “Customer service is paramount to us and Emma will free up customers, to focus on what they do best, by providing a range of support activities.

“These include reception activities, a professional telephone answering service, visitor meet-and-greet, mail delivery and arranging meeting rooms and refreshments.”

Emma, who lives near Portsmouth and works alongside fellow centre support assistant Sarah Neal, was previously a control room operator for Careline, which uses personal alarm technology to protect vulnerable people in the comfort of their own homes.

She said: “There’s a good buzz at Portsmouth Technopole and it’s great to see various customers doing business with one another through a commercial ecosystem which has sprung up here. They can also benefit from business support services, networking opportunities and access to funding advice.”

Oxford Innovation turns empty property – old or new – into thriving serviced offices to meet the business support needs of start-up and growing firms.

An office package, from one person to 50, includes telephone answering and message services, reception services, mail handling, use of meeting and conference rooms and access to networking events, workshops and business support.