A new £1m project to support new businesses was officially opened yesterday.

The Hayes Business Studios, based at Uxbridge College's Hayes Community Campus, will provide support for people starting out in the world of commerce.

Two of the studios, which are in College Way, off Coldharbour Lane, are already occupied by Devine Care.

The company is an agency for care workers, and Exhale Training Solution, which provides work-related training in areas including IT, customer services and business administration.

To mark the launch yesterday, Councillor Ray Puddifoot, the leader of Hillingdon Council unveiled a plaque at the building.

The council is one of the five development partners in the project, which also includes Uxbridge College, the London Development Agency, Heathrow City Partnership and the Hillingdon Community Trust.

There are a total of ten studios at the site, which will all have subsidised rent and include support and advice for businesses, meeting and training room facilities and internet access.

The occupants will also be able to use the facilities at the Hayes Community Campus including the fitness studio and restaurant and the hair and beauty salons.

Laraine Smith, principal at the college, said: “Hayes Business Studios are a great addition to the Hayes Community Campus, and build on the college's 40 years of experience working with employers.

“The studios offer vital support through subsidised rent, mentorship and training to help fledgling companies grow and succeed.

“The philosophy behind the studios reflects the college's other work preparing people of all ages for employment, something we have a great record of achievement on, which is a key part of our success.”

Cllr Puddifoot, said: “The business studio is a new and exciting resource within Hillingdon.

“A dedicated, modern, affordable space which will offer support for young entrepreneurs taking the first tentative steps into the world of business.

“By investing in our young people we are also making an investment in the long-term prosperity of the Hayes area because we are raising skills, ambition and achievement, and encouraging innovative thinking.”