A co-working venue in Bicester is expanding to provide offices for 10 more businesses.

Cherwell District Council’s Build! team, which designed Perch co-working space in Franklins House ahead of its opening in 2018, worked with the operator Point of Difference, to convert offices, previously occupied by Graven Hill, into a new area called Perch Studios.

Cllr Lynn Pratt, lead member for economy, regeneration and property, said: “The demand for flexible working from local small businesses, start-ups, and freelancers demonstrates the vibrancy of the town economy. As a council we are delighted by the success of Perch and to support its expansion with the design expertise of the Build! team.”

Some of the new offices were let before completion and the Build! team was then able to work with the incoming tenants to create bespoke spaces.

Andy Bedwell, managing director of Point of Difference, said: “We’re so proud of the way this project has enabled companies that joined us as start-ups to progress into their own permanent office space. I’m a little biased but I genuinely believe we’ve been able to create a very special workspace for them to continue to grow in.”

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