Wenta, originally named as Watford Enterprise Agency, was founded in 1983 by a group of local business men in Watford to support small business owners.
A disused factory site in Watford is converted into offices and workshops, providing affordable space to small businesses and valuable funding for our business advice service.
HRH Prince Charles formally opens our first business centre (now known as 'The Wenta Business Centre') in Watford - where our Head Office is still based today.
After seeing the success of our first business centre in Watford, Hertsmere Borough Council approach us to construct a new business centre in Potters Bar. Construction starts in late 1989.
Construction finishes and The Enterprise Centre is formally opened by cricket legend, Graham Gooch. Watford Enterprise Agency now operates two business centres in Hertfordshire.
Ken Hards, our first Chief Executive, stands down and hands the reigns over to ex Watford Enterprise Agency client, Chris Pichon.
Watford Enterprise Agency introduce a ground-breaking programme for inspiring enterprise in schools - delivering training courses and events to students throughout Hertfordshire and educating them that self-employment is a viable option when leaving school.
Watford Enterprise Agency are awarded the 'Investor in People Award' for ‘excellence and making a difference every day’.
2000 was also the year that we launched our first ever website!
Marking our 20th anniversary, Watford Enterprise Agency is re-branded to Wenta Business Services.
The Wenta Business Centre in Watford undergoes re-development and a new eco-office block is erected providing 24 new offices for small businesses.
Wenta Business Services is rebranded to Wenta and our current brand elements are created.
Wenta celebrates its 25th anniversary with a conference at Hatfield House around the theme ‘inspiring enterprise’.
Small business owners and thought leaders gather to celebrate 25 years of enterprise support.
Wenta are awarded a contract by Stevenage Borough Council to manage The Business and Technology Centre and Chells Industrial Units in Stevenage.
2009 sees the launch of our ground-breaking business incubation facility within the btc, ‘My Incubator’. This service gives new businesses an ideal environment to start and grow their business in, complete with on-site business advisor, meeting room facilities and free training courses.
Following the success of My Incubator at the btc, a second shared workspace facility for start-ups is launched in Luton.
Wenta are awarded the 'National Enterprise Award for Innovation' by The National Enterprise Network (NEN) for Wenta's business incubation facilities and start-up services.
My Incubator continues to support pre-starts and start-up businesses and expands into Watford and Potters Bar.
During this time, The Enterprise Centre in Potters Bar receives a £250,000 makeover.
Wenta receive the Future of Enterprise Support Award from the National Enterprise Network for excellence in business support delivery and the concept for Mi Ventures, a new initiative to be launched the following year.
A sixth business start-up incubator is launched at Hertford Regional College making it the first business incubator within a further education college.
Due to popular demand, our business incubation facility at the btc is refurbished and expanded. HRH The Duke of Edinburgh officially opens the newly refurbished facility in Stevenage.
Wenta launch their sister company – Mi Ventures, an innovative online service which moves business support into the digital era, providing instant live chat business advice online.
Wenta purchase their fifth business centre: The Wenta Business Centre in Enfield.
Wenta celebrate their 30th anniversary with a conference at Knebworth Barns around the theme ‘Inspiring Today, Inspiring Tomorrow’.
Wenta awarded Local Enterprise Agency of the Year for its range of enterprise support services and customer service record.
After a massively successful first year, Wenta wins The Future of Enterprise Support Award from the National Enterprise Network for their pioneering approach to business support and 'Mi Ventures' live chat business advice platform.
Wenta Chief Executive, Chris Pichon, receives The Queen’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Enterprise Promotion at Buckingham Palace reflecting all the great work achieved at Wenta.
Wenta (btc) is awarded the 'Pride of Stevenage' Award by Stevenage Borough Council for the wide range of support offered at The Business and Technology Centre (btc) and its impact on the local business community.
Chris Pichon hands over the reigns of Chief Executive to Ed Jordan, ex Chief Executive of The Peel Institute and ex Chief Operating Officer at Coin Street Community Builders.
Wenta launch its online business support portal, Wenta Online. Clients can now receive free live chat business advice directly from the Wenta website, join and create their own group discussions within the Wenta Online Community area as well as access business support resources.
This year marked the beginning of our 35th Anniversary celebrations. Proceedings started off in August with the launch of The Business Bookshelf, an online resource full of useful articles, templates, tips and tricks to help small businesses start-up and grow! Further celebrations will continue well into 2019!