DATE 03rd April 2017

Warrington’s Grade A advanced manufacturing and engineering hub, The Base on Dallam Lane, has secured three new tenants.

A total of 2,000 sq ft of space has been let to three businesses, maintaining its reputation as a home for high growth SMEs.

Three offices have been let to Ixis, a digital transformation specialist leveraging the open source framework Drupal; Resulting IT, a technology-driven sales development business; and Avanite, a software company.  Between them the new tenants bring 24 new jobs to the building.

“Warrington is in the top ten in the UK for high growth SMEs and we developed The Base as the ultimate ‘next step’ home for companies that are starting to motor,” said Steve Park, managing director of Warrington & Co., Warrington’s partnership for growth who are also located at The Base.

“These latest lettings add to a growing list of customers that are creating the new Warrington economy.  There’s a real buzz about the building and we’ve seen a great start to 2017 with enquiries.”

The Base opened last year and was project managed by Warrington & Co. on behalf of Warrington Borough Council who own the property. Cllr Terry O’Neill, leader of Warrington Borough Council commented, “Warrington’s economy is booming and we are future proofing our economy through our ambitious framework for growth, Warrington Means Business.

“Supporting our businesses is a key element of WMB, particularly assisting and providing business space for new start-ups to assist them to grow which is why we invested in creating The Base. It’s very encouraging that these dynamic, new, high-tech businesses have chosen to locate at The Base.”

Commenting on the reasons behind the move, Francesco Giarletta of Avanite said: “We chose The Base as it gave us the flexibility to expand and it is a central location with great travel links. We are able to build a community with multiple businesses currently occupying the building, as well as share ideas and knowledge. Through The Base’s on-site business support we get help which allows us to grow our business in the most efficient way and finally we are excited about the prospect of becoming part of an innovative business location.”

Stuart Browne of Resulting IT says the move has helped them find space of ‘the right calibre’ as the firm continues to grow: “We’re a fast-growing company and needed working space of the right calibre in a central location.  The Base really fits the bill – it’s modern and has excellent facilities.  Plus, it’s great to be located in a founding building in an exciting new business location for the town.”

Mike Carter of Ixis said: “Since we moved to The Base, we didn’t just gain an office in an environment earmarked to become the Spinningfields of Warrington, but we also gained new partners in Resulting IT and Avanite who could add further value to our growing customer base. We are excited to explore further partnerships as more high growth businesses move in.”

Jayne Furnival, group property director at building managers Langtree, added: “Businesses want to cluster around like-minded companies and so we recently launched our BaseConnect networking platform to support this.   It’s going like a train, with more than 70 companies already signed up and this momentum augurs well for our lettings programme.”

Warrington boasts the sixth highest number of start-ups in the country, the highest in the north west and it is in the top ten places in the UK for high growth SMEs.  The Base was opened in January 2016 to help the town capitalise on this key strength and provides 50,000 sq ft of grade ‘A’ flexible space from a single desk up to a whole floor plate of 10,000 square feet.