Digital agency moves into 22,000 sq ft offices

Williams Commerce's new offices

A Leicester-based digital agency has moved into a 22,000 sq ft office in Leicester city centre that could hold up to 210 staff

Williams Commerce, which employs over 100 people across various locations, has moved into 64 Mansfield Street.

Located on what was previously the site of slum housing, the first iteration of what is today 64 Mansfield Street was built in approximately 1900. The first occupants were Tompkins, Spence & Co Boot and Shoe Manufacturers – later known as Tompkins & Son.

Operating in this location for at least 60 years, Tompkins & Son specialised in the creation of ladies and children’s footwear. The firm developed a strong export business, with their products being well known in countries as far away as South Africa, New Zealand and Australia.

Tompkins & Son was also on the list of government contractors. This meant the firm produced large quantities of boots and shoes for the British and Allied governments.

The original building was extended in 1924, with the distinct ‘L-shape’ that is present today taking shape.

Tompkins & Son occupied the building until the 1960s, before a number of businesses called it home over the coming decades.

Williams Commerce bought the building earlier this year.

CEO Rob Williams told ” “We feel deeply passionate about Leicester, playing our role in bringing high value jobs to our city and helping continue the regeneration. Williams Commerce has grown steadily through organic growth and acquisitions over the last two years. By investing in a great new office we hope to provide a fantastic working environment and continue our exciting journey as a leading UK based digital agency.”