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September 9th 2021

Businesses, musical talent and a local celebrity gathered on 8th September 2021, to support the opening of Cool Beans, the new café at The EpiCentre on the Haverhill Research Park. Topped with a ribbon cutting ceremony by West Suffolk councillor Susan Glossop, the innovation centre is fast becoming a great location for companies looking to do business outside of the busy city of Cambridge.

Guests were treated to a truly inspirational speech by Scott Russell, the founder and owner of Paddy & Scott and supplier of coffee to Cool Beans, on how he started his business and funded a village in Kenya. From farm to coffee shop, Paddy & Scott shared an inspiring story of strengthening a local eco-system, a vision shared by The EpiCentre and the regeneration work being done in Haverhill.

Councillor Glossop, said: “The Epicentre is the result of years of work by Jaynic and what is now West Suffolk Council and it has been delivered because of the financial support and funding from the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority as well as a loan from West Suffolk Council.

“The opening of the Cool Beans Café will further enhance the EpiCentre in terms of what it can offer to businesses in the Haverhill area, encouraging networking, growth and support. This café space will serve as the catalyst for many productive and innovative conversations which I hope will lead to future collaborations and success. It also means that the EpiCentre, which has already started a programme of events, can do even more to encourage businesses to engage, log on and work from the EpiCentre, helping businesses back on their feet and moving forward with their plans for growth in West Suffolk,” commented Cllr Glossop.

Scott Russell, said: “We’re super proud to add Cool Beans to over 250 sites in the UK now serving Paddy & Scott’s in what I think will become an iconic location, a real hub of energy and passion. Cool Beans will be supporting our school and community project in Kenya where our coffee farm is located.”

The event also marked a special thanks to Suffolk GP Federation Vaccination Clinic with the unveiling of a plaque, in recognition of The EpiCentre being one of Suffolk’s first vaccination centres earlier this year.

The café is operated by Cambridge Catering, founded 11 years ago by Dennis Caswell who also owns the Sea Tree restaurant in Mill Road, Cambridge and runs contract catering for businesses in and around Cambridge including Dick White Referrals at Six Mile Bottom in Cambridgeshire, which is one of the largest specialist veterinary centres in Europe with 600 staff.

Kelly Boosey, The EpiCentre centre manager, said: “The vision for The EpiCentre is to create a vibrant business community and encourage collaborative conversations over a coffee and a bite to eat. Cool Beans café further adds to the attraction of the centre both for the occupiers and as an informal space for members of the public from surrounding areas to drop in for coffee, hold meetings and make use of the Wi-Fi. And all without having to book space.”

The cafe offers additional services including catering for conferences and meetings for external organisations as well as The EpiCentre customers. This includes business breakfasts, lunches canapes.

December 7th 2021

The EpiCentre celebrates first anniversary to mark 1-year milestone

This afternoon (Wednesday 1st December) The EpiCentre in Haverhill, celebrated its first-year milestone with live music, canapes, cocktails and a whole host of people who have been instrumental in its success including partners, associates and of course their customers.

November 3rd 2021

The EpiCentre, Haverhill celebrates its first anniversary

This week The EpiCentre at Haverhill is celebrating its first anniversary with the announcement that it now has 20 businesses occupying space at the centre, a vibrant co-working space and is fast becoming a widely recognised hub for Cambridgeshire, Suffolk and North Essex providing support for entrepreneurial growing enterprises.

October 5th 2021

Cambridge Norwich Tech Corridor supporting UK’s economic fightback

Key assets in the Cambridge Norwich Tech Corridor (CNTC) are helping to strengthen the UK’s economy at a critical time, business leaders and politicians have told a major conference in Manchester. Supporters of the Cambridge Norwich Tech Corridor (CNTC) hosted an event entitled ‘The Corridor of Life’ in Manchester this week to showcase the breadth of opportunities across the region.