Ruth Mitchell

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Creative hub filled in a week

CREATIVE communications agency Drummond Central is sticking with its notion that it’s good to share, after six small like-minded businesses snapped up all of its recently renovated business units in under one week.

Having restored the Tyneside terraced house to move its 16 staff into the 3,000 square foot offices at 70 Jesmond Road West two years ago, the award-winning firm has worked its creative magic again on its adjoining city central property, number 68, producing five floors of stylish incubator units for the creative industries.

Founders of Drummond Central, Julie and Steve Drummond, believe that by developing the listed building into a creative business hub, it will provide new start-ups with the kind of support that they benefitted from in the early years.

Managing director Julie Drummond said: “We wanted number 68 to provide all-important collaboration opportunities that starting out in the International Business Centre in Gateshead gave to us.

“At first we were apprehensive about doing business among others who could be seen as our competitors, but it was really good for us as we shared advice and collaborated on pieces of business, and we wanted to create something similar for our tenants.”

The former Victorian house accommodates mobile games and software company Fluid Pixel; digital applications agency Ideonic; web development company Century 17; secure electronic document delivery company SSL Post; an online credit company and events company Sailor Girl.

The first tenant to sign up for a space at number 68 was events duo Sailor Girl. Co-founder Alex McVey said: “My business partner Hannah (Bryan) and I met Julie (Drummond) and saw the premises, and instantly fell in love with the building.

This was posted in Bdaily's Members' News section by Ruth Mitchell .

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