New business hub opens

A new business hub for start-ups, freelancers and small businesses has opened in the heart of Blackburn as a response to the coronavirus pandemic.

CQ Works is a collaborative workspace over two floors in One Cathedral Square.

The flexible, supportive co-working environment is a “one-stop business hub” which gives freelancers, entrepreneurs, start-ups and existing businesses the opportunity to scale up or down.

The space has been created by recruitment agency Cummins Mellor in partnership with Blackburn with Darwen Council and ELGRA Furniture & Interiors.

Fully serviced, it offers businesses of all sizes affordable rates and short-term leasing options.

Richard Mellor, Cummins Mellor chairman, said: “In a post-covid world, many businesses are considering distributing their workforce to stop any serious disruptions with the new NHS track and trace system.

“Finding a new office space is also a serious consideration for businesses who are adopting flexible, remote working and need fewer desks as a result.

“Along with the council, we created CQ Works as an ideal solution for both these challenges, as well as giving new businesses the opportunity to work in a prestigious environment which was not an affordable option before.

“This will help bring prosperity to the town after what has been a difficult time for us all.”

From £100 per week, desk spaces can be hired on a monthly, quarterly or annual basis.

Town centre parking is available and there is the opportunity for external businesses to utilise the conferencing facilities for full or half days, dependent on their requirements.

All the workspaces will be designed to totally comply with social distancing measures.

All details on CQ Works can be found here: