Waterstons Ltd open new office
A leading North East Business and Technology Consultancy which prides itself on putting “People First” is opening a new office in Durham designed to encourage collaboration and creativity.
Waterstons Ltd has invested in a new office next door to its headquarters in Belmont Business Park, designed very much with its “People First” strategy at the centre.
Managing Director Mike Waterston explains “good working conditions and a supportive culture are important to winning the commitment of your staff. Equally important are the facilities for sharing knowledge with customers. Our new building is designed to address both of these elements of our strategy as it offers a more open and welcoming space for our consultants and quality conferencing, training and seminar facilities for both customers and our own people.”
Waterstons has designed its new office to address the needs of its growing and increasingly mobile team. Space has been given to several new meeting areas designed to suit different requirements and needs. All of the meeting rooms have been fitted with video conferencing equipment to encourage discussion and collaboration within and across teams, including employees based at Waterstons’ London office and at its client’s sites. “The Huddle” has been designed specifically for spontaneous stand-up meetings and is fitted in the centre with screens for employees to “huddle around” and again, connect with their colleagues in different locations.
An events space for seminars and training sessions spans the entire length of the new office. The company holds regular seminars in order to share knowledge between its departments, customers and contacts and as the Waterstons’ team and client base has expanded a larger, purpose built space was required for these events. The new events space will enable Waterstons to record and live stream its seminars, giving employees and customers the option, should they wish, to attend remotely whilst still interacting with the event or to watch the seminar at a more convenient time.
Waterstons added 15 new recruits to its team last year and has already taken on 5 new employees so far this year, with plans for further recruitment. The new office will provide space to comfortably accommodate 30 members of staff in an environment that supports collaboration and fosters creativity.
“The new office isn’t only about extra desks space; it’s about ensuring we accommodate our growing workforce in a pleasant environment which is conducive to knowledge sharing and innovation.”
Waterstons has maintained a consistent increase in profits and turnover since it was established in 1994. The company opened its office in London in 2011, the latest office addition has been made possible due to the company securing several new customers including Manchester Metropolitan University, Humber NHS Foundation Trust and Interoute, owner operator of Europe’s largest cloud services platform. The company is now on track to triple profits made during its last financial year.