Ten jobs to be created at Nottingham tech firm

Via co-founders: Eddie Worthington, Gareth Sobocinski and Alex Tebbs

Nottingham tech company VIA is moving from its current city centre offices to give itself room for expansion.

The Skype for Business and unified communications (UC) specialist is relocating from 21-23 Castle Gate to Poynt South, Nottingham, in July – giving it the space it needs to hire for a number of new roles.

Sales director Alex Tebbs, who co-founded VIA in 2012, said: “While we love our Castle Gate offices, and the impressive views it gives us of the city, we need somewhere bigger to accommodate our growing support and development teams. We searched across the city before setting our heart on Poynt South, a period building which has been refurbished into a number of modern offices.

“We’ll now have double the working space, which puts us in a good place for future expansion; we expect to hire at least ten people over the next 12 months.”

VIA has been working with commercial office design and fit-out company Redrock Interiors to create mock ups for their new open plan space.

Benjamin Lawson, a designer at Redrock Interiors, said: “We are delighted to be working with VIA to create a vibrant working environment for their staff. The design has been built around representing both their brand and company values, we are confident that this has been achieved.

“There was an emphasis on not only creating a great place to work but to also incorporate spaces for their staff to both breakaway and brainstorm. The office will clearly represent VIA by tying in their brand colours and will also provide their staff with much-needed meeting and conference calling space.”

Commercial property agent Innes England brokered the deal on the property. Surveyor Laura Jardine said: “The office suite is very modern and open plan, which gave those at VIA the flexibility and a blank canvas to make the space their own.

“We started formally marketing two suites in the building in January and they were both under offer by March and April, which was quite a quick turnaround. It shows that creating this type of modern space in the city centre is very appealing to companies as it allows them to put their personal mark on their offices.”

VIA has invested £500,000 into a brand new website and Contact Centre solution, which it says will enable contact centres to reduce call waiting times and improve customer satisfaction.

The firm says recent investments will support the firm’s plans to double its turnover to £3.5m in the next financial year.

VIA’s development director Gareth Sobocinski said: “We know how tricky it can be when setting up call queuing for a contact centre. We wanted to design a system where call queueing works hand-in-hand with the manager to make their life easier and crucially, give customers a great experience on the phone. SAS does this, and when rolled out to our existing customer base, we have received extremely positive feedback on how SAS has reduced call waiting times and improved working efficiencies in the call centre. What’s more, because our Contact Centre solution is based on Skype for Business, it gives staff a seamless unified communication experience too, making it easier, and less time consuming for them to navigate and use their own internal systems.”