A business that licenses and distributes Lego and Star Wars merchandise globally from its base in the North East has expanded into premises more than three times the size of its previous home.
ClicTime is the exclusive global licensee for Lego watches and clocks and also has a dual Lego license with Warner Bros and Lucas Film, which allows the manufacture and distribution of Lego Star Wars and Lego DC Superhero clocks and watches worldwide.
The business has now expanded into 3,369 sq ft premises in Blaydon, Gateshead, to give its 11-strong design team three storeys of modern open-plan office and design space, plus a large stockroom and marketing department.
ClicTime, which distributes its Lego merchandise throughout the UK, as well as in 8,000 retail outlets across North America and in more than 20 countries on four continents, has taken on two new people at its North East office. With the impending launch of a new Lego movie and range of watches for adults among the many developments planned for 2014, the coming year also holds significant potential for the business.
The new Blaydon site is the UK headquarters of ClicTime, a global company which also has offices in New Jersey and Hong Kong. It was established in the North East in 1999 by Jim Richardson, and has been a Lego licensee for over 12 years.
Group finance director Robert Palmer said: “We have always held a strong relationship with Lego and in recent years we have seen a rapid increase in turnover globally. The new space in Blaydon is perfect for our business and we envisage being here for many years. We are excited for our new product launches for 2014 and expect the business to continue to grow into the future.”
ClicTime was supported in its office move by Newcastle law firm Sintons.
Employment solicitor at the company, Donna Hunwick, said: “While a relatively small and locally-based operation, ClicTime works with huge brands on a global scale, establishing a strong reputation in the process. From their very discreet new premises, they design iconic products which are sold and loved around the world.
“The team at ClicTime is hugely creative and so passionate about their designs,”