A consultancy that works with Central Government in Whitehall has opened an office in a business community in Middlesbrough, stating that it surpasses all their expectations for office space in the area!
Only weeks after completing renovation works, Commerce House is already filling quickly; with a raft of new tenants moving in determined to take advantage of the enviable TS1 postcode.
Latest to join the business community in the Grade II listed building, which has just undergone a £1.2m renovation programme, is Smart Pads Real Estate Consultancy Ltd.
Ummar Hanif is the Director of Smart Pads Real Estate Consultancy, offering consultancy and project management services to developers, public bodies, private companies, housing associations and individuals specialising in capital investment, asset management, portfolio management and construction.
Launched two years ago, the company originally focused on property management but due to Ummar’s experience as a senior manager in the public sector, a natural transition occurred with the mainstay of the company’s business now being in strategic project management and consultancy.
As the business has cemented itself, Ummar required a further office in his hometown, Middlesbrough, but with the same clout as his London postcode.
Ummar, who is dad to two-year-old Ayla, said:
“I travel a lot between London and The North and since becoming a dad, it has become important to also have an office space where I can focus on the business whilst in Middlesbrough. I had looked at a number of office spaces in the area and because of my experience of working with commercial properties, I knew exactly what I was looking for. It wasn’t until I visited Commerce House that I found where I wanted to be based.
“Not only is the location amazing, but the quality, attention to details, facilities and level of staff service is second to none. A number of clients have visited in my first week and they are all blown away too!”
Smart Pads joins some high profile organisations in the new business community including the Department of Industry and Trade, North East England Chamber of Commerce, Hainton, Vanquish Steel and others.
As well as office space, Commerce House offers meeting space, a luxurious board room and business lounge, hot desking and virtual office services.
An iconic Middlesbrough building, which has spent the last year undergoing an impressive £1.2million renovation to create a stunning business community, is now complete and open.
Commerce House in Middlesbrough has had life breathed back into its Grade II Listed structure by Commerce Chambers Limited.
A whole host of fully furnished and serviced office space is available for immediate use, ideal for small one or two-man businesses up to 14 desk rooms.
There is also an unbelievably chic business lounge, where old meets news creating a relaxing yet professional environment. Partner that with an impressive boardroom and reception, along with top class kitchen and bathroom facilities and why would you want to work anywhere else?
The building, which was originally built in 1872, is in the heart of the city’s soon to be thriving commercial district TS1 and is right next to the train station, a stone’s throw from the A66.
Every office comes complete with access to all the high-class facilities and high-speed broadband included. There are also a number of offers available on a first come, first served basis.
The luxury setting boasts a contemporary feel with traditional touches, all finished to the highest of standards. The 43 square meter boardroom, The Chairman’s Room, is already proving popular and is available for use by tenants or to hire out, complete with high spec technology and total luxury, ideal for presentations, brainstorming or entertaining.
There business community is starting to build nicely with a number of tenants now in place in their offices, and a number of virtual office customers already benefitting from having a TS1 postcode.
Christine Huntington, facilities manager at the building, which was purchased from the North East Chamber of Commerce, said:
“The transformation is unbelievable. There is real luxury on offer here, which creates the right impression for visiting clients. Our range of space which has just become available won’t be around for long so interested parties will have to reserve their space quickly!
“The hot desk facilities and virtual office service are both in demand already too. There are also plans underway to open a coffee shop soon meaning Commerce House really will be a one stop business shop!”
A unique new business, which has launched on Teesside, has shown confidence in its own future by selecting Commerce House as its office of choice.
Vanquish Steel Associates is the new innovative company launched by Andrew Oliver and Ayesha Crabtree. The couple has launched the business to help people of Teesside benefit in better jobs and be treated in a better way by employers.
In essence an executive search company, Vanquish Steel is different in that it focuses on long-term relationships, the improvement of candidates and also helps employers develop and design employee benefits and retention strategies.
Andrew, who has 20 years experience in HR in a range of industries including fitness, construction, gas and oil and mining, also holds a diploma in executive search and headhunting. He said:
“The name Vanquish Steel comes from our desire to help Teesside over come its recent demise and tips its hat at the history of the area. We can see the potential of both the people and the business here and want to support them to have long-term profitable working relationships.
“What we do is very much about reputation and being thought of highly, so as soon as we saw Commerce House we knew it was for us. As I currently do quite a bit of travelling and am out of the office, the virtual office offering and support is perfect for us too!”
From Middlesbrough, the couple who have four children, currently live in Redcar but wanted to base their new business in the heart of the city. Ayesha continued:
“We have based our business offering on the personal experiences we have both had, which at best have actually been impersonal. Executive and management roles are so important for any company to get right, so our service works in partnership with the recruiting business to get the right people at the right time.
“We are so excited to be onboard with Commerce House and are confident it will give our new business the boost it needs right from the start!”
Vanquish Steel Associates offers clients a warranty so they can try their services confidently, even the first time. More information is available at vanquishsteelassociates.co.uk.
Commerce House, a beautiful Grade II listed building in the heart of TS1, is now fully open following a renovation of £1.2m, with office space filling fast.
Facilities manager Christine, said:
“We are delighted to have Vanquish Steel Associates as part of our business community. They are the kind of professionals we love to be working with and supporting. Our office space and services are being snapped up now the refurbishment is complete, so it is exciting times all round!”
In the last year over 800 companies have been set up in Teesside. Many others have grown, meaning they need larger offices. The hardest thing these businesses experience is finding affordable office accommodation right in the city centre…..so one company is stepping forward to offer office space for free!
The management team at Commerce House have decided that as a tranche of their office space is due to be completed in the next five weeks that they will offer up free opportunities to a limited number of companies to support entrepreneurialism in the area. This is partly to stop talented people and businesses leaving the city centre.
Commerce House is a stunning Grade 2 listed building in the heart of Middlesbrough, which is undergoing a transformation into a business community complete with boardroom, meeting rooms, office space, hot desking and virtual office membership.
Works are due to be completed on phase two in just five weeks so over that time, there will be a sliding scale of how many months free you may receive. Christine Huntington, facilities manager on site explains:
“This week with five weeks to go, you will have a massive five months free. That’s five months in a fully furnished office with broadband included with nothing to pay!
“Next week this will drop to four, the week after three and so on until the office space is officially opened and tenants can move in.
“We are keen to support business in the area, and this is part of our commitment to the local community. It is important that business grows and survives in Teesside and we want to show support to those determined to succeed!”
Although terms and conditions will apply, you don’t have to be a new business to qualify. You just need to show determination to succeed. Office space is available from two desks up to rooms that hold fourteen desks. More information is available at www.commerce-house.co.uk
In the first instance, as we expect enquiries to be busy, please email Christine on Christine@commercechambers.co.uk, with your name, company details, size and contact number. She will then phone back to move onto the next stage.