Plans for a business hub in the heart of Blackburn could become a reality – if companies show an appetite for a shared working environment.

CQ Works, a partnership between Cummins Mellor Group and Blackburn with Darwen Council, will offer short-lease flexible office space for businesses looking to expand or relocate.

Over two floors are currently available in the Cathedral Quarter’s modern glass office block – the home of Cummins Mellor’s three businesses.

Michelle Mellor, Chief Executive of the Cummins Mellor family of businesses, said: “This is a test pilot to see if we have enough interest. The space is flexible – so each floor could see two companies or ten companies sharing the space depending on the needs of businesses.

“CQ Works could provide the ideal location for companies to rent meeting space on a short-term lease with low risk. In addition to the modern space, the offer also comes with the additional benefit of wider business support – from HR, payroll, financial and legal advice as well as meeting space and refreshment points.

“For many businesses, taking out a longer-term lease is untenable – but this state-of-the-art space is there, and we want it to be used. Businesses can take out a lease for as little as six months and companies can take as much or as little space as they need depending on the business needs. They can simply come, plug in, and set up.

“This could be a welcome relief for a number of businesses who need bigger or smaller office facilities during the pandemic, or post COVID-19.

“CQ Works ticks all the boxes today and well into the future”

“The future of the office will be more about quality than quantity. Employees will be looking to work from work space far superior than to the benefits they have working from home. CQ Works ticks all the boxes today and well into the future.”


Catherine Price, Blackburn town centre BID Manager, added: “I’m really excited about this project for Blackburn town centre.  Cathedral Quarter has amazing office facilities and to see them being used to support new and growing businesses will be hugely beneficial and assist in the recovery of the town centre.”

To register your interest visit CQ Works