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Double celebration for business centre.

A BUSINESS centre has marked its seventh anniversary with a double celebration after announcing that one of the world's most successful web- based companies has joined its ranks.

UK company First Index - with offices also in the US and Germany - is the 70th new firm attracted to the Sir Frank Whittle Business Centre, in Butler's Leap, Rugby.

First Index holds a huge database of companies which supply or manufacture parts for industry.

In the past year, more than 7,000 buyers have posted 28,000 requests for quotes and information worth about $10 billion through an internet version of the company's paper directory and CD-ROM service.

During that time the company has undergone an impressive growth in staff with numbers increasing to more than 85.

First Index chose the Sir Frank Whittle centre as its Midlands admin base because of its essential back-up services and flexible leasing arrangements. It is currently home to 30 businesses.

Manager Geoff Hall said: "Businesses coming in to the centre enjoy a number of advantages. We operate an easy in, easy out policy whereby there is no penalty for surrendering their leases.

"Companies also have access to our business resource, and can operate from day one without worrying about having to provide a business infrastructure."

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CELEBRATION: Steve McGuigan from First Index (left) with business centre manager Geoff Hall
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Nov 26, 2001
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