Hundreds of people have visited new headquarters shared by partner companies IT@Spectrum and The One Point, establishing the offices as the Humber region’s newest business destination.
A wide range of customers, business organisations and other groups have taken up an open invitation to visit the state-of-the-art offices and make use of the impressive facilities.
In all, more than 500 people visited the offices at the Bridgehead business park near the Humber Bridge within three months, in response to the call from IT@Spectrum and The One Point to “come and see” how to harness technology to drive growth.
The new £2.75m offices, branded The View, have also hosted meetings by the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership; For Entrepreneurs Only, the business network for local owner/managers; and the Bondholders marketing organisation, among many others.
Ken Sturdy, managing drector of office technology business IT@Spectrum, said: “We’ve opened our doors and welcomed in lots of people. We’re showing the latest technology in action and we’re practising what we preach.
“It’s been a revolving door – every single day people are coming in to visit us and make use of the facilities in a variety of ways.
“We always say this place is open to our customers, potential customers, suppliers and friends – and that’s a lot of people. Our messages is ‘come and see – you’re very welcome and you might well learn something’.”
The ad hoc visits have now developed into an ever-growing calendar of meetings, training sessions, networking opportunities and business development events at The View.
The events calendar features quarterly “Tech Talks” focused on helping businesses to utilise technology to drive growth. The first of the Tech Talks series will take place at The View during Humber Business Week. Entitled “What Lies Beneath” the event, on June 7, from 4pm-6pm, will help companies to organise and utilise profitably the vast amount of data generated within their businesses.
Acclaimed business process consultant Steve Fewster will give helpful tips on how better use of technology can transform a torrent of data into a calm flow of useful and visual management information, giving businesses an edge over their competitors. Places at the event can be booked by e-mailing Chloe Lammiman at firstname.lastname@example.org or via the Humber Business Week website at www.humberbusinessweek.co.uk
Martin Lauer, managing director of IT services and telecoms company The One Point, said: “We’ve been delighted with the response to our invitation to pay us a visit, find out what we do and how we do it, and make use of the facilities here.
“We’ve now developed that engagement into an extensive calendar of one-off, monthly and quarterly events. The View has effectively become a business destination, with some of the region’s most influential organisations routinely making use of our offices.”
The View has been purpose-designed to cement the strategic partnership between IT@Spectrum and The One Point, with key teams working together seamlessly to offer a compelling package of office technology services.
The offices also enable formal and informal meetings with customers and prospective customers, or companies and other groups that simply want to see the latest technology being used to deliver efficiency and productivity.
As well as businesses and business groups, The View has hosted a wide range of other organisations, including charities supported by IT@Spectrum and The One Point, and a training day for careers advisors from East Riding schools.
Mr Lauer added: “The feedback has been really positive. So many people want to come and look around, see what we’re doing and use the space and the technology we have here.
“One of the best things is that they get to meet our teams. They get to see we have happy, highly professional and capable people, proud of what they do and there is no veil of secrecy. They can go and sit with the people in finance and with our support and sales teams.
“They don’t just get shepherded into the boardroom – they have an access-all-areas pass.”
Sarah Downing, head of marketing at the Bondholders which used The View for its latest Board meeting, said: “We like to use a variety of venues for our Board meetings and were keen to take up the invitation to use IT@Spectrum and The One Point’s new offices, especially as both companies are Bondholders members.
“It was a pleasure to use The View. The offices are really impressive, the facilities are excellent and the location is so convenient.
“It’s a really positive move by IT@Spectrum and The One Point to make their offices available to so many visitors and reflects the forward-thinking approach they take to developing links with businesses across the region and the community generally.”