Recruitment firm heads towards hybrid working with Friar Gate Studios move

Ian Stevens, director of EMBS, James Hall, director of EMBS Engineering and Simon Bucknell, director of EMBS
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Recruitment firm EMBS has taken office space at Friar Gate Studios, the flagship building of the Connect Derby managed workspace scheme.

EMBS works in the technology, property, engineering and manufacturing sectors and other specialised markets. Directors Simon Bucknell and Ian Stevens have chosen the offices as part of a move toward a hybrid working model.

The fully furnished office accommodation is available for up to six months. At the end of the initial tenancy, EMBS will be able to take a permanent office at any of Connect Derby’s workspaces across the city.

Bucknell said: “While working from home has its merits, our staff still want to work together in the office for learning and development and to collaborate with their colleagues. Friar Gate Studios offers us the perfect opportunity to have a flexible office hub and we absolutely love it.”

“We do a lot of work in the property sector and wanted to be close to where regeneration is currently taking place in Derby. We viewed a lot of office space in the city centre, including all the Connect Derby buildings, which offered lots of choice. We were torn between Friar Gate and Sadler Bridge Studios, but Friar Gate Studios won thanks to the great flow of the building, parking facilities and the great vibe in the café.

“We particularly like the flexible lease arrangements and the fact we can scale-up across the Connect Derby buildings in the future.

“The level of service we have received from Sonia and the Connect Derby team has been second to none. We went from initial enquiry to moving in within six weeks. We are currently looking to hire new staff in readiness for a strong 2022.”

Ann Bhatti, head of Connect Derby, added: “I’d like to welcome Simon, Ian and their team to the Connect Derby family. Our fully-furnished offices are the perfect solution for businesses like EMBS, who are reviewing their property strategies and want a high quality base for their business while they are deciding how much office space they are going to need going forward.”