IP firm celebrates five years of strong growth in Sheffield

One of the UK’s leading intellectual property firms, Withers & Rogers, is celebrating the fifth anniversary of the opening of its Sheffield office and is continuing to forge ahead with its exciting growth plans.

The local team has grown from two to 19 members of staff since moving into the Electric Works in Sheffield in September 2009.

Furthermore, the firm has recently moved to larger premises within the same complex, in order to make room for its expanding team of intellectual property professionals. 

The firm’s local client portfolio has also expanded significantly over the past five years.

It currently includes a mix of small and medium-sized businesses and corporates spanning a diverse range of industries including advanced engineering, electronics, software, life sciences and chemistry.

To further enrich its expertise in life sciences and chemistry in particular, the local office is also looking forward to welcoming another partner – Joanna Thurston – who is moving to Sheffield from the firm’s Midlands office in October.

Paul Foot, partner and patent attorney at Withers & Rogers, said:

“In recent years, the Sheffield City Region’s renowned manufacturing base has been bolstered by developments such as the Advanced Manufacturing Park and Electric Works.

“There has also been strong support and a flow of talent from the region’s two highly regarded universities and a welcoming attitude to new business, fostered by bodies such Creative Sheffield and The Company of Cutlers. 

“These factors have led the region to become a hotbed of technological development across both traditional and new industries.

“Despite opening our doors in the depths of the recession, we have found a welcoming environment and a high level of interest in our services.

“Five years in the city has allowed our local team to establish itself as an integral part of the local business community, helping local entrepreneurs, SMEs and corporates to identify and nurture key innovations so they can go on to realise their full commercial value. In turn, this is helping to sustain and create high-value jobs locally.”

Edward Highfield, director at Creative Sheffield, Sheffield’s economic development agency, said:

“It has been great to have helped the Withers & Rogers’  team establish itself in Sheffield. 

“The success of the last five years is testament to their IP-related expertise and commitment to supporting local businesses.

“While it is certainly impressive, the firm’s rapid growth story is not unusual in Sheffield due to the sheer strength of business activity here.”

Gordon Bridge, former Master Cutler and director at AES Engineering Ltd said:

“It is fantastic that Withers & Rogers have a firm home in Sheffield after five years of success in the city.

“We were pleased to invite the firm on board as a ‘Friend’ of the Company of Cutlers In Hallamshire when they first moved to the city and look forward to their ongoing success in the years ahead.”

And the expansion of Withers & Rogers Sheffield office is set to continue.

Mr Foot added:

“By continuing to invest in building our team of professionals and offering great service, we intend to sustain our growth trend in the years ahead.”

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