New HQ and more staff for growing IT business

An IT service provider is continuing a period of growth, despite the disruption inflicted by the pandemic.

razorblue, which is based in Catterick, North Yorkshire, provides end-to-end solutions for businesses across the region and beyond, with additional offices in Leeds, Newcastle, Wynyard, Manchester and London.

The firm has averaged 30% year-on-year growth over the past six years and is moving into new headquarters while recruiting more staff.

Managing director Dan Kitchen, who project managed the £600,000 office expansion, said: “At 5,000 sq ft, our new headquarters give us twice as much space as we had before, allowing us to expand the team and host more customer events and demonstrations.

“I’m really pleased with the results, it looks fantastic, very professional and gives the business the space it needs.

“We’ve stayed in Catterick – in fact, we’re only about 100 metres from our previous base – as we’ve always been here; we have access to a great pool of people and it’s very convenient, being just off the A1.”

As well as moving to the new office, razorblue has taken on six new members of staff over the course of lockdown, including an account manager, marketing manager, senior IT engineer, IT engineer, project manager and .net developer.

Kitchen added: “It’s been great to have been able to continue to bring people into the team through a difficult period, especially as a number of our new recruits were potentially facing redundancy.

“The recruitment process entailed a little bit of creativity, using tech to hold interviews, but due to the nature of our business, we’ve got a lot of experience in working remotely.”

Dan said the business was already well-equipped to adapt to the restrictions imposed during the lockdown, and has noticed a rise in demand for support with home-working solutions as businesses prepare for the future.

He said: “Due to the nature of the restrictions, we had to do a lot of work very quickly to deliver home-working solutions for firms that weren’t set up to run in that way.

“We’re now seeing companies taking a more strategic approach to their tech investment, knowing that home-working will remain a big thing as time goes on.

“Tech in general allows businesses to gain efficiencies over their competitors and grow their market share, which is going to become ever more important in an economy that’s contracting, rather than growing.”

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