Firms based at the new Dagenham Business Centre met their local MP and the borough's regeneration lead on a recent visit to the development.
Councillor Cameron Geddes and Dagenham and Rainham MP John Cruddas saw the quality of facilities at the 21-unit Rainham Road North development earlier this month.
The 34,500sq ft centre boasts attractive modern workshops, office accommodation and studio space suitable for a wide range of enterprises and is a joint venture between GLE Property Developments and the council.
It was specifically designed to attract high-quality business to the area, as well as to provide space for growing local firms to expand into.
According to GLE, more than half of the units at the development have now either been sold, let, or placed under offer.
Councillor Geddes said the vision for the centre had been to create a state of the art sustainable business scheme that would provide a place for enterprise and innovation.
“The current businesses we met have only positive things to say about the centre and the support they have received,” he said.
"We can now look forward to a boost in innovative businesses startups over the next few years, which will be of lasting value to the local economy.
“Barking and Dagenham is one of the most affordable boroughs in London for new business startups. We have a huge amount to offer new businesses - low affordable rents, good transport links and free business support and it’s why we are London’s newest opportunity.”
Companies already based at the centre include bookbinders Walter Newbury, Advanced Transport Research and Manpower Direct Security Services.
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