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Things on the up for Eastpoint Centre Thornhill
IT is the state-of-the-art Southampton conference centre that was plunged into crisis just months after it opened.
But now the three-storey community and business hub is bouncing back, after taking on new staff.
As previously reported by the Daily Echo, the centre made sweeping cuts to its 30-strong workforce, with eight redundancies understood to have been made.
Eastpoint Centre director, former Saints defender Paul Bennett, blamed the job losses on a late handover of the new building by construction firm Kier, causing a loss of summer business.
But the centre’s fortunes now appear to be on the up, after two new staff members were taken on.
Kerri Chalk has joined the team as event sales manager, while Laura Dixon takes up the role of bookings administrator.
Deputy director at Eastpoint centre, Carol Shakery, said: “We are delighted that Kerri and Laura have joined our team. We are committed to providing a first class venue with a quality, valuefor- money service and they can certainly add value to our clients’ event experience.
“We are really looking forward to the continuing development of the business and welcome any enquiries for events.”
The 3,770 sq m centre has a business centre with 17 meeting rooms, eight of which can open up into a large conference space to accommodate up to 600 people.
Smaller meeting rooms are available to community groups, from as little as £5 per hour.