The centre manager at Basepoint in Andover, Des Faherty, invited Sir George Young, a long time supporter of the centre, to unveil a plaque to celebrate Basepoint's 20th anniversary.
"Basepoint, which is a not-for-profit organisation, has been up and running for 20 years, and it has played a key role in the development of Andover's economy for the last ten years. It is a greenhouse where small firms can grow and flourish, with many moving out in to their own premises, and some trading up to larger premises within Basepoint. The tenants I spoke to welcomed the convenience of the centre, with minimum commitment and legal costs, and in a modern environment with first class services available".
When Sir George unveiled the plaque, he commented on the recent unemployment figures for Andover. "In March 2013, there were 1,124 unemployed claimants in my constiutents. In March this year, the figure was down to 667. This is a very substantial and welcome drop, and a sign that the economy in Andover is picking up".
Sir George referred to the work of the LEP (Local Enterprise Partnership)working in conjunction with TVBC and Hampshire County Council and Andover College, developing a skill centre, and to the regeneration of the Walworth Business Park, in partnership with Kier.
After the formalities, Sir George caught up with the news of the tenants, many of whom were recruiting new staff.