Tuesday, August 9, 2022

IT firm takes five temporary offices at Derby’s Friar Gate Studios

Connect Derby, the managed workspace provider, has provided global IT company Bam Boom Cloud with short term accommodation in its furnished office space at Friar Gate Studios while its new HQ is being refurbished.

Earlier this year, Bam Boom Cloud, formerly Cooper Parry IT, announced it was relocating from its offices near East Midlands Airport to a 6,500 sq ft, Grade II listed property in The Wardwick area of Derby.

With renovations at its new property still being completed, the company needed to find accommodation quickly. Ann Bhatti, head of Connect Derby, offered Bam Boom Cloud five of its newly refurbished, fully furnished offices at Friar Gate Studios on Ford Street.

Ann and her team turned Bam Boom’s tenancy around in one week, enabling the company to move in immediately, with minimal disruption to its operation.

Bam Boom Cloud is a supplier of cloud-based technology solutions to small and mid-sized businesses. The firm has operations in the US, Canada, India and Ireland and plans further growth in Germany and the UAE.

The company’s plans for its new HQ on The Wardwick include the creation of a staff bar, chill-out zones with a pool table and computer games area. Staff are due to start moving in this summer.

Ann Bhatti, head of Connect Derby, said: “When we heard that Bam Boom Cloud were in urgent need of short-term office space in the city centre, we pulled out all the stops to turn around their tenancy agreement in less than a week.

“The idea behind launching furnished offices was to support companies like Bam Boom Cloud through transitional phases of their operations post-Covid and provide them with the flexibility to stay for up to six months, with the option to move to a permanent base in one our seven serviced offices if required.

“Our new furnished offices at Friar Gate Studios have already proved a huge success with 67% of the offices occupied in less than a month, encouraging more people back to the city-centre.”

Vicky Critchley, CEO of Bam Boom Cloud, added: “We’d like to thank Ann and her team for providing us with five furnished offices at such short notice whilst work on our new HQ is being completed.

“The city centre location and facilities at Friar Gate Studios are perfect for our team. There is a great sense of community here, along with excellent Covid safety measures and we’re happy to call Connect Derby our new home for the next few months.”

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