Office space in Smithfield development is now full

Office space at Stoke-on-Trent City Council's Smithfield development in Hanley is now fully occupied, more than two years after it opened.

The Davies Group, currently based at Telecom House, have signed up to take two floors in Two Smithfield, moving 300 workers to the site.

The operations and digital solutions business has outgrown its current home, and was potentially looking at moving its operations out of the city.

The move means it will be able to stay in Hanley, and is planning to take on a further 200 staff over the next two years.

They will join WaterPlus, Staffordshire Police, Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce, NHS North Staffordshire CCG, and the City Council in the Smithfield site.

Councillor David Conway, leader of the city council, said: “I really am delighted that Davies Group are joining us at Two Smithfield, meaning that office space in both buildings is now fully occupied for the first time since they were built.

"We’ve put in a lot of effort and hard work to get to this stage, to give the best possible return for the taxpayer and the city from the development.

Councillor Daniel Jellyman, cabinet member for regeneration, transport and heritage, said: “The fact the company is not only staying but is investing in Stoke-on-Trent is a huge endorsement for our city and proves we are an attractive opportunity for businesses.

"Having office space in both of the Smithfield buildings now fully occupied is really positive. It’s providing a huge boost to footfall in Hanley, which in turn is good for shops and businesses.”

Mark Grocott, chief digital officer for Davies Group, said: “Stoke-on-Trent has long been a strategic location for Davies, with a large portion of our operational colleagues based in the area. We can recruit high quality, dedicated and enthusiastic staff here.

“Davies is growing rapidly and to be forced to move away from this area would have been a huge disappointment. We are delighted to have been able to work with Stoke-on-Trent City Council to source the right office space. Our teams are delighted with the final solution.”

Further developments on the Smithfield site are in the pipeline, including a residential development of 151 apartments, a four-star, 140-bedroom Hilton Garden Inn Hotel.

Work on both schemes is expected to start this year.

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