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North East BIC’s Donna Surtees with Anthony Smith and Jeremy Kirkup of Vox Ignis.
Jane Imrie

North East safety product manufacturer fires up growth with new HQ

A North East manufacturer of fire safety products has expanded to new headquarters after reporting its best year to date.

Vox Ignis has relocated to a new manufacturing base at the North East Business and Innovation Centre (BIC) in Sunderland after outgrowing its previous site.

The firm, which specialises in products such as fire telephone and emergency assistance alarm products, has moved into a 2,448 sq ft manufacturing space made up of two merged units in order to meet growing international demand.

In the past year, the firm expanded its presence in international markets such as France, Ireland, South Africa, Turkey and Croatia, in addition to increasing its share of the domestic market.

Anthony Smith, Vox Ignis’ managing director, explained: “Vox Ignis has grown year-on-year since its launch and we fully expect this move to help us unlock further growth as we look to the future.

“As demand for our products continues to rise, this move will not only give us the capacity we need to ramp up our manufacturing output but will allow us to increase our headcount as we look to the future and increase our storage capacity.”

Commenting on the move, he added: “The BIC team has been so accommodating ever since we approached them about relocating.

“Not only did they help us identify a larger, bespoke space that matched our needs, but they also helped with the fit-out, removing and building walls, changing the layout and decorating. They have really gone above and beyond to help us out.”

Donna Surtees, centre manager at the North East BIC, commented: “It’s been great working with Vox Ignis over the past few years and witnessing first-hand its rise from a two-man band into what is now one of the leading manufacturing companies in its field.

“The BIC’s industrial spaces have been specifically designed to support firms in the engineering and manufacturing sectors looking to scale up and we’re delighted that, as a centre that prides itself on being a business incubator, we’re able to continue supporting the guys on their journey.

“We look forward to continuing to work with them in the future and are excited to see what the future holds.”

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