The Chairman of South Derbyshire District Council, Councillor David Muller, officially opened the IN Work Hub, IN Enterprise Hub & Café in West Street, Swadlincote last Thursday 3 September 2020. Councillor Muller was joined by Frank McArdle, Chief Executive of South Derbyshire District Council, Councillors from South Derbyshire District Council and Derbyshire County Council as well as senior representatives from the East Midlands Chamber of Commerce, Burton & South Derbyshire College, The National Forest Company and a variety of local businesses who played a part in bringing the vison of the IN Enterprise Hub alive. 

The IN Work Hub and IN Enterprise Hub with its Café is the brainchild of owners, Nicola Lees and Ingrid van der Weide. The IN Enterprise Hub provides support for individuals looking to start their own business and opportunities for existing businesses looking to grow through a variety of programmes, events and activities. The IN Work Hub offers a place for people to work, to meet clients or to hold their own events in the bookable meeting spaces. 

Following a career in economic development across various local authorities including South Derbyshire District Council, Nicola, and Ingrid, herself a small business owner, both recognised a need for more support locally, set up the IN Enterprise Hub & Café to complement and increase the provision of support. Both Nicola and Ingrid are passionate about helping others to succeed, about seizing opportunities to bring people together to foster stronger partnership which leads to stronger growth. The idea for the IN Enterprise Hub brings together all of the ideas they have had collectively over a number of years and are now in a position to help deliver. 

Already, the IN Work Hub and IN Enterprise Hub is proving to be meeting local need with a variety of home workers making use of the individual work hubs, a number of businesses using the opportunity to meet with clients, bookings to hold events including a two day Mental Health First Aid at Work course as well as its first funded support programme, the ‘Get IN Work Club’, which will help people get back to work through a series of practical workshop sessions. 

Other programmes and events include a monthly drop-in Blogging Hour, a monthly Start IN Business hour, IN Business Networking events, INCubation Programme and a Swadlincote Town Centre Business Hub. 

During his opening comments, Councillor David Muller remarked ‘This enterprise is a much-needed resource in South Derbyshire and, in particular, Swadlincote. With the current climate there is no doubt there will be plenty of people looking for work or exploring opportunities to open their own businesses. Having an enterprise hub to explore ideas, gather information and meet other like-minded individuals is fantastic. We wish Nicola and Ingrid well in their endeavours.”

Opening hours are Monday to Friday from 8.30am – 5.30pm. Individuals and businesses are welcome to drop in to see the Hub in action or can visit the website. The workspaces are available on a pay as you go basis or through 5 and 10 day plans while the meeting room is available to hire on a daily, half day and two-hourly rate. Memberships start from £30 per month. 

Notes to the editor
  1. The IN Work Hub and IN Enterprise Hub is located at 12-14 West Street, Swadlincote DE11 9DE
  2. The IN Enterprise Hub, a not for profit company, limited by guarantee is funded by membership subscriptions, sponsorship, grant funding and partnership.  
  3. Photo credits: Lee Gallagher,