Birmingham small businesses looking for industrial space may have a solution with the launch of new developments by the city council.
Birmingham Property Services, the council's property agency, has teamed up with Erdington-based property developers Abbeyland to build a series of new mediumsized units across the city.
With a growing need for smaller industrial spaces in the region, the scheme aims to convert council-owned land into useful sites for growing business.
During the first five years the leases available will be flexible and short term. Dubbed "Easileases" - these prevent growing companies being locked into any longterm commitment.
"This is one of the ways we can keep Birmingham a modern manufacturing city, saving existing jobs and creating new ones," aid Coun Ken Hardeman, cabinet member for regeneration.
The most recent development includes eight new spaces in Avenue Terrace, Aston, which offer reception space, a showroom and a oneton goods lift fitted at the back.
Roger Murphy, of Abbeyland, said: "I am pleased that we have been able to work in partnership with the city council to develop these units and plug this gap in the market."