Software giants Sage plc are inviting the public to take a nosy around their North Park headquarters from the comfort of their own homes.
The Newcastle-based FTSE 100 firm are among the first batch of North East businesses to open up their offices on Google Business View, an offshoot of Google maps.
Anyone can now virtually tour the iconic, space-age style premises in panoramic 360° views along with some of its 1,500 employees.
It took three days to fully photograph Sage’s offices for the Google Business View programme.
More than 5,000 photographs were taken and digitally stitched together over a number of weeks by North East-based, Google Trusted Photographer, Steve Newcombe.
To mark the launch Sage have hidden eight special items around the offices as part of an online treasure hunt.
Brendan Flattery, chief executive officer, Sage UK & Ireland, explained: “Sage is a British success story and one that the North East is right to be proud of. Since starting over 30 years ago, we’ve grown to support more than 800,000 businesses in the UK and millions globally, but not many people get the chance to set foot inside our doors. We’re embracing a pioneering way to change that and to champion the local area.
“The North East has a long history for innovation and success, and we hope by doing this – and by our work partnering with fantastic initiatives like Ignite100 – we can inspire the next generation of tech entrepreneurs to carry on that tradition.”
Google’s Business View programme is powered by its popular Street View Technology and allows businesses to take the public behind closed doors, by enlisting a Google Trusted photographer from their area to comprehensively photograph their premises.
Sage have occupied their North Park base, which was designed by Newcastle architects IDPartnership, since 2004.
Earlier this year Stephen Kelly was announced as the successor to Guy Berruyer, who is retiring as group chief executive officer.
Sage recently reported a revenue increase of 4.7%, over the first nine months of the year.