The move of two established North East businesses on to Quorum Business Park marks a continued demand for out-of-town office space in Newcastle.
Engineering group British Engines and awarding organisation NCFE, both moved on to the park at the end of 2013 from inner city locations, to accommodate their ongoing expansion.
British Engines, who employs over 1,250 people, has six engineering and manufacturing businesses, all located in the North East, selling leading technology products across the world. In December 2013 its central core services teams moved to Quorum, from St Peters, where it now employs over 40 staff.
NCFE, a registered educational charity, decided to relocate to Q6 on the park having recruited 34 new staff members and boosting its team by almost 30% to a total of 195, significantly investing in a substantial fit out across the four floors of the 50,361 sq ft building.
Q6 currently has 5,865 sq ft of flexible work space available through Gavin Black and Partners. The space also has the added benefit of having access to the new facilities in the building including a staff coffee shop and restaurant together with a suite of meeting rooms. Quorum development director Fergus Trim hopes the success stories of British Engines and NCFE will help continue to attract other businesses to Quorum. He said: “Q6 is a high-quality building and NCFE have done a great job with the building fit out. I’m sure the remaining space will be snapped up quickly.”
British Engines director Richard Dodd said: “In order to facilitate the overall growth of our business we have recently moved two of our group companies, CMP Products and Rotary Power, from their original site at St. Peters in Newcastle to new factories in Cramlington and South Shields. A key reason for choosing the site at Quorum was down to its desirable location, as a hub almost central to the above named businesses.
“We have already forged a collaborative relationship with our new neighbour, NCFE, as not only do we share a North East heritage but we also share the same values and a commitment to creating opportunities for training, qualifications, apprenticeships, and education within the region.”
NCFE chief executive David Grailey adds: “As NCFE continues to move forward we need to work in an environment that enables us to fulfil our potential as a business and Quorum facilitates this, both in terms of physical space and by enabling us to achieve cost savings through reduction in rent payable, enabling us to take the business forward.
“Our people are at the heart of everything we do which made Quorum an obvious choice of new home – its transport links are excellent and the space we have acquired, both indoors and outdoors, has improved our staff wellbeing considerably.”
Quorum is likely to continue to benefit from the lack of office availability in Newcastle as market activity picks up and with very little new supply planned for the city centre. Over the last four years it has been the fastest-growing business park outside of London, with the park’s facilities and landscaped surroundings helping to attract new occupiers.
Development director Fergus Trim concludes: “I am delighted that both British Engines and NCFE are enjoying their new home at Quorum and continue to grow and create new jobs. Both are great examples of the skills and engineering agenda which is so important to the growth of the North East economy.”