Welsh water specialist expands into Derby

Invenio Systems

A Welsh company that provides innovative solutions to the water industry has become the latest firm to take up residence at Friar Gate Studios in Derby.

Invenio Systems was founded by Stephen Tooms and Stuart Trow in 2015. It develops new techniques to collect and analyse data, helping the industry to carry out routine operations and make sound investment decisions.

The company has grown rapidly since it was acquired by safety equipment giant Halma plc in 2019, and now has offices in Cwmbran, Washington, Tyne and Wear and Newport alongside its new base in the East Midlands.

Invenio says the move to Friar Gate Studios – part of the Connect Derby managed workspace scheme – will allow it to centralise some of its operational support activities and expand its data science team.

Invenio director Keith Hilson said: “We are very happy with our new office space at Friar Gate Studios, which is perfect for our needs. The facilities are great, especially the large meeting rooms which we use regularly to meet and plan with clients.

“The Connect Derby staff are always on hand to help with any queries and issues we have and have made us feel at home here.

“Being located in the Midlands will enable us to service our clients quicker and more efficiently, which will improve the level of service we provide.”

Ann Bhatti, head of Connect Derby, added: “We are delighted to welcome Stephen, Stuart, and their team to our flagship building at Friar Gate Studios. Their innovative business is a great addition to the range of creative and non-creative businesses already based here.

“Friar Gate Studios’ city centre location is proving increasingly popular with businesses looking for a flexible working environment and we are now proud to boast a dynamic and diverse community of new and established businesses.”