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Business incubation & support

Creative Business

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The Phoenix Centre

The Phoenix Centre, independently housed within York St John University’s main campus in the centre of York, opened its doors in April 2009 to provide affordable space for new creative and IT-based ventures, with access to specialist technical facilities and sector-specific business support, mentoring and training.

The facility has been developed by Science City York in direct response to feedback from members of its Creative York and IT & Digital York networks, fulfilling an identified requirement for a centrally located, incubation facility to support the region’s growing creative and digital sectors. 

Business can occupy space in the Centre for a maximum of one year and spaces are offered at a minimal monthly cost. In addition to successful applicants benefiting from extremely affordable, well-serviced business premises, the Centre also offers prime access to specialist support and facilities, with optimal opportunities for networking and collaboration.

Learn more by emailing creativebusiness@yorksj.ac.uk.


John Green Design @Designworks  


Designworks provides an incubation space for start-up businesses in the world of product design. But it goes beyond a workspace. Designworks provides new designers in the region with professional services from York St John University and our shared resources within the community.

DesignWorks offers incubating businesses office space, free business mentoring & advice through Creative Business, academic expertise and advice in product design, in addition to workshop access.

"York St John’s new incubator space 'Design Works'... offers access to mentoring from design staff and the department’s cutting-edge facilities. The University expects to welcome more students this year who want to develop their own unique products and establish businesses in York to help rebuild the local and regional economy." - James Fathers, Head of Art & Design

Learn more by emailing creativebusiness@yorksj.ac.uk.