Allia Future Business Centre Cambridge celebrates 10 years of positive impact


Since 2013, the centre has welcomed over 100 tenant companies & provided
business support to over 1,400 ventures


On Thursday 5 October 2023, Allia’s team at its Future Business Centre in Cambridge will be
joined by key contacts, tenants and partners from its 10-year history, to celebrate a decade of
positive impact.

The centre was purpose-built in 2013 to provide workspace and community for social
enterprises and start-ups focused on creating positive change. In this time, the centre has
welcomed over 100 tenant companies and over 1,400 ventures and entrepreneurs have
enrolled in Allia’s free business support programmes, all designed to help them to thrive, grow
and create employment – as well as supporting them to generate more positive impact for
people, place and planet.

When the building was designed, it was constructed with environmental, social and economic
aspects of sustainability in mind, and is classed as BREEAM Excellent, which is an internationally
recognised certification standard for the sustainable built environment. In addition to features
such as rainwater harvesting and solar technology built into the windows, the building lay out is
specifically focused on creating a light and inspiring environment that encourages collaboration
and networking for its community of users.

While Allia was founded back in 1999, the charity worked from various ‘meanwhile spaces’
across the city as it grew in size and status, until the Future Business Centre was built some 14
years later. Since 2013, Allia has expanded its operations to open a number of centres and
workspace hubs to support growing businesses across Cambridgeshire: including a large centre
in Peterborough in 2015; a small centre for small community businesses in central Cambridge;
and only last year opened a new centre in the City Council’s historic Guildhall on Market
Square, as well as a 2nd building at the King’s Hedges Road to create a Future Business Centre

Martin Clark, CEO of Allia Impact, said: “The Future Business Centre has been an amazing
journey. From the first realisation that Cambridge needed a business centre focused on social
and environmental business development – to a reality which has become a sustainable,
credible part of the local ecosystem. We have supported so many organisations to start and
grow their social impact or green business idea and are particularly proud to be home to
Cambridge Cleantech and many of its members for the whole 10 years. To the continuing
stream of innovative and enterprising people who have benefited from and contributed to the
life of the centre in this time, we are grateful to have had the privilege to play a part in your

Tim Jones, Chair of Allia Ltd, adds: “What the Future Business Centre epitomises is the spirit of
endeavour. Allia set out with the idea to make an impact on the availability of enterprise
support for all in Cambridge and now, we have a £15m Future Business Centre campus at King’s
Hedges as well as other workspaces in the city, plus a large centre in Peterborough. Hundreds of
entrepreneurs, social enterprises and start-ups have developed their ideas with us as tenants
and participants in our programmes. Their successes, the impact their organisations make, the
people they employ, the communities they reach, the prosperity they add to the local economy –
these are the successes that make us, them and Cambridge proud.”

David Broach, Director of Allia Future Business Centres, looks forward, stating: “In the future,
our Future Business Centres will remain committed to delivering our distinctive blend of high-quality, affordable workspaces coupled with a vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem. This steadfast
support system empowers our tenants and programme participants to drive meaningful change,
whether on a local, national, or global scale. Our vision includes expanding our footprint in
Cambridge and Peterborough, while also exploring opportunities to extend our proven model to
new locations, thereby amplifying our impact in previously untapped areas.”

To read more about the Allia ESG Bond which will help to finance the future of the Allia Future
Business Centre in Cambridge, click here. Please email with any enquires and to register interest.

A video has been created to mark the 10th anniversary of Allia’s first Future Business Centre,
available to view below.

Allia Future Business Centres offer flexible workspace and a vibrant community for small businesses
who are creating change. Allia Impact runs free business support programmes and innovative funded
projects. Together, they are dedicated to supporting businesses to thrive, grow and create jobs, so that
they can make a positive impact on their community, as well as addressing social and environmental
global challenges. |

For press & media enquiries, please contact Laura Rose, Head of Marketing & Communications, Allia
Future Business Centres & Impact: 01223 781322


Feel free to contact us for more information about Allia Future Business Centres services and free business support programmes offered to help growing start-ups and social enterprises