The old Poplar Library closed in 1990, fell into disrepair and ended up on the Buildings at Risk register. Leaside Regeneration took it on in 2012 and Leaside Business Centre is now home to over 25 businesses; a mix of social enterprises, private companies and charities.
Fluid IT moved in two years ago and found an affordable home with space for their team to grow. The organisation provides IT support and strategic advice to the non-profit sector, and uses that service delivery as a vehicle for creating training and employment opportunities for ex-addicts, offenders or candidates from youth engagement schemes.
The businesses in Poplar Library and the immediate area form a growing network of complimentary services; Fluid IT have installed a very high speed internet connection from the Canary Wharf data centre which is provided in turn to the other organisations at the site – at one percent of the market rate. They provide other services to the organisations at the site, and themselves have engaged SK Bookkeepers.
Director David Schluter said: “It’s great to be part of this growing local network where there is a lot of tangible opportunity. There’s a real feeling of support and a desire to do business in a way that’s mutually beneficial”.
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