A growing Heywood technology company is celebrating a decade in the town.
Atrium Telecom, who provide and install telecommunications for clients across the UK, moved into The Old Police Station, our managed workspace in the town centre, in 2009.
Originally located in Bury, Heywood-born Operations Director Kevin Beswick transferred the business to his home town, and it's a decision that has paid off. Atrium Telecom has expanded from their original 500 square foot office and now occupy over 2,000 square feet, employing 9 staff and with plans to recruit more.
The Old Police Station was always the preferred choice said Kevin:
"Living in Heywood I was familiar with the building, it's a well-known landmark and I always thought it looked really impressive. It's also close to the motorway, with 24 hours a day access, good security, private parking, smart offices and our staff lived nearby so I jumped at the chance to move."
As the company expanded, so did their space requirements, with the centre being able to accommodate the growth. It now includes a new demonstration suite, enabling them to showcase their cutting edge communications and contact centre technology in front of customers as well as provide hands-on training.
'A great team'
Now boasting over 200 clients, ranging from a firm of international solicitors in New York to local logistics giant The Yearsley Group, Kevin says the firm is very proud of its Heywood roots and remains committed to the town: "We love the environment and atmosphere here, lots of like-minded business people around the place and support when we need it. The building is a real talking point for our clients when they visit us and it's been flexible enough to accommodate our expansion."
The building was originally opened as the town's Police station and magistrates court in 1935. In 2007 it was converted to serviced offices, but still retains many original features, including the courtroom and cells. The centre has welcomed various television film crews in recent years, including ITV1's 'Cold Feet' and Netflix drama 'Safe', broadcast last year.
Never standing still, Atrium Telecom have plans to expand to become a 24 hours a day, 365 days a year operation. They are on course to double their revenue this financial year, recruiting a Business Development Manager, 2 service desk executives and an apprentice in the process.
As well as being on the ball in business, Kevin is a UEFA A Licensed football coach working at Manchester United Academy:
"Just like in football, it's really important to build a great team of people, and that's what we've got at Atrium. I'm proud at how far we've come and excited about the future here. Since 2009 our staff have shown exceptional determination and our success is a tribute to their hard work."
John Searle, our Director of Economy, added:
"Our council-run managed workspaces have provided a springboard to lots of growing local firms and it's impressive to see how far Atrium Telecom have come since being one of the first companies to move in when The Old Police Station was converted to offices. Now they are firmly established amongst the leaders in their field and another Heywood success story."