ANDOVER’S MP has said that the town is set to benefit from the ‘new age of hybrid working’ which has resulted from the pandemic.

Speaking after visiting Andover’s newest co-working space, IncuHive, earlier this week Kit Malthouse MP said: “We are now in a new age of home and hybrid working because of Covid, and I predict towns like Andover will benefit from it.

“I recently visited the new IncuHive co-working space at Chantry House, it’s just five months old, and it’s filling up. I met with several start-ups and small businesses in all sorts of exciting industries from engineering and recruitment to software development and hospitality - and happily they now have a home in the heart of Andover.”

He continued: “The facilities in the converted office block are excellent, the rent is affordable, and they don’t have to commute to London or other major cities.

“I have no doubt that these ventures will thrive here in Andover - and if they stay local, they will hopefully spend on coffees, sandwiches and beers during the working week, benefitting our local high street.”

Incuhive was officially opened in Andover in August 2021 by the Mayor of Test Valley Cllr Mark Cooper.

Incuhive Andover, located on the upper floors of Chantry House, the blocks rising above the Chantry Centre, was commissioned following a grant of over £200,000 given to Test Valley Borough Council (TVBC) to refurbish the floors and open the space to businesses.

The leader of TVBC, Cllr Phil North, said at the time: “This will boost footfall, hopefully cut down on emissions and travel time for office workers, and give smaller businesses that precious space that they may need.

“It also gives an option for those still working from home away from their kitchen table.”

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