Newcastle technology firm Activ plans to create new jobs

A Newcastle firm has undergone a major £200,000 refurbishment and plans to double its workforce and turnover by next year

Activ's offices at the Balliol Business Park in Newcastle
Activ's offices at the Balliol Business Park in Newcastle

A Newcastle firm has undergone a major £200,000 refurbishment and plans to double its workforce and turnover by next year.

Activ currently provides mobile and fixed line telecoms and technology solutions to small and medium-sized businesses across the North East and Yorkshire.

Set up by Ian Gillespie and Michael Fitzpatrick back in 2002, the firm invested in the 6,000 sq ft building in Balliol Business Park, Newcastle three years ago.

As well as investment in the new building, the firm also recently outlined plans to double its workforce of 29 and turnover during the next 12 months.

The business initially focused on providing business-to-business mobile communications services.

However over the last three years, it has widened the range of services it provides to include fixed line calls and lines, broadband, hardware provision and IT infrastructure supply, installation and maintenance.

To further support the firm’s new service lines, it has also redesigned the building to greet visiting customers and local businesses with ‘hello technology’ signage.

On the ground floor, a space has been created to hold its regular Activ Academy events for SMEs to learn about the latest tech trends from visiting top technology experts from companies like Microsoft and O2.

On the second floor, an open-plan technology centre of excellence houses its customer service, IT and sales teams.

Activ founder and owner of the building, Ian Gillespie, said: “We’re growing our 29-strong workforce to more than 50 this year so developing a great place for them to work and build as a team was our initial priority in redesigning the building.

“However, we have a large space here right next to the A1 so we decided we should create our Activ Academy as a hub for businesses wanting to know more about how they can communicate in our ‘always-on’ world.

“Technology is continuing to converge – we now access the internet on our mobiles and make calls via the internet. Businesses need a single point of contact for their telephony and technology to make managing them far easier and more cost-effective for our clients and to ensure they are always connected. Our new brand strapline is ‘Hello Technology’, and we have embedded that throughout our building to ensure everyone that works or visits our HQ knows what we are all about – a local company with a warm welcome here to help SMEs navigate the latest developments in technology to help them do better business.”

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