Aldershot Military Wives Choir were in fine voice to celebrate the opening of a business start-up hub in the garrison town.
The Aldershot Enterprise Centre at Mandora House, a former officers’ mess, provides space, advice and training for entrepreneurs keen to start and develop business ideas.
Around 80 representatives from commerce, local and central government and other project supporters attended a launch event featuring live music from the choir.
Part of the old Mandora Barracks, the 8,000 sq ft Victorian brick building has been converted into more than 30 offices after lying partly vacant for several years.
It has been opened by the not-for-profit business support company WSX Enterprise with help from Hampshire County Council. The centre is run day-to-day by the Army charity Enterprising Office.
Peter Grant, WSX Enterprise Chief Executive, said: “Our launch evening was an ideal chance to thank all our project partners as well as give guests a tour of the building. The choir provided a superb musical treat to seal what was a great event.”
Mr Grant added: “The opening of the centre represents a major boost for business support and self-employment in Aldershot and across the wider region. Mandora House offers a combination of affordable, flexible and serviced office space together with access to experienced mentors and other business support.”
Among guests at the reception were Councillor Seán Woodward, Hampshire County Council’s Executive Member for Economy, Transport and Environment; Graham Ellis, WSX Enterprise Chairman; Colonel Charlie Lambert, Commander of Aldershot Garrison; Shahid Azeem, Chairman of Aldershot Town FC; and the Mayor of Rushmoor, Councillor Diane Bedford.