Security business moves into city centre offices

Sy4 Security is the latest business to sign a four-year lease agreement in Marshall’s Mill, Leeds.

The lease is the first conventional letting of office space in Leeds city centre since 1st April 2020, making it the first agreement to be made since lockdown began.

The agreement will see the company move into 3,521 sq ft offices within the Grade II listed building on the South Bank.

The mill was originally built by industrialist and MP John Marshall in the early 19th century.

Its reception recently underwent a comprehensive refurbishment, with the redesign creating a contemporary welcome space for tenants and visitors.

The property is home to a range of digital and creative businesses such as True North Productions, MediaCom, Tall and Limehouse Films.

New tenant Rubies, which also recently signed a five-year lease deal, means that the ground floor is let it its entirety.

The mill will be the first home for Sy4 Security, which recently completed a management buyout of BAE Systems global cyber-security Enterprise Managed Security Service. It is relocating to the premises as an independent business from the BAE Systems facility.

Mike Brown, CEO at Sy4 Security, said: “We chose Marshall’s Mill because of its heritage and its location.

“The building has been standing for 230 years, this shows strength, which is a character of our business. Being so close to the city and the railway station was also a huge selling point for us.

“We are looking forward to combining the heritage of the historic mill with the high-tech aspects of our cyber-security business – creating the perfect blend of old and new.”

Elizabeth Ridler, of letting agent Knight Frank, said: “We are thrilled to be able to facilitate such a landmark moment for business in Leeds and have Sy4 Security join the Marshall’s Mill community.

“Even among the current uncertainty it’s encouraging to see that some businesses are still thriving and we are delighted to help support local companies to grow during lockdown.

“The move to home-working during lockdown has really highlighted the need for businesses to occupy workspace that reflects their company values and allows staff creativity to flourish, which is why it was so important to keep refreshing the product with the newly completed reception and office refurbishments.”

The lettings were facilitated by Knight Frank, acting as joint agents with Creative Space Management.