Scarboro’ man picked for top spot at centre

Derrell Hooper
Derrell Hooper

A SCARBOROUGH man has been appointed as manager for York’s new Phoenix Centre to fire up fledging businesses.

York St John University has appointed Darrell Hooper, from Scarborough, as the first business and innovation manager at the Phoenix Centre, where he will support and mentor seven new businesses.

The new post was created as the university takes over the running of the business incubator from Science City York and sees the centre established as a hub for innovative creative and digital start up companies.

The Phoenix Centre, launched in 2009, was originally planned as a two-year project to support new businesses with growth potential.

Due to its success in supporting start-up businesses the incubator will now continue with the university as lead.

Mr Hooper, who was previously new enterprise advisor for Business Link in Scarborough and Ryedale, said: “The businesses here all have the capacity to grow and to be sustainable.

“Over the next year I will be helping them to plan their next steps and how to address any barriers to their success. The centre is a great way to bring the university and businesses together.”