Rapid growth at a North East IT consultancy has triggered expansion into a new office, driving forward the firm’s ambition to double in size within three years.
Founded in 1991, Perfect Image provides IT services, such as managed servers, networks and systems, to a range of companies from start-ups to blue chip firms and the public sector.
The firm has now relocated from its Newcastle city centre base to larger premises in Equinox House on the Cobalt Business Park, a move it marked by welcoming the Elected Mayor of North Tyneside, Councillor Norma Redfearn,
The move comes as a result of rapid business growth, seeing Perfect Image expand its team to 63 highly skilled IT and business professionals.
In April the firm became one of the region’s first to join forces with online giant Amazon Web Services as one of its consulting partners in the growing AWS Partner Network, a partnership which has led to a number of new business wins as well as repeat contracts, allowing it to make a number of appointments within its Managed Services division.
Joining up with the global powerhouse is estimated to take Perfect Image’s turnover from its current £4m to more than £8m by 2017, and directors will also look to create new roles to deal with extra demand for its services over the next three years.
Andrew Robson, chief executive officer, said: “It’s always been our mission to help improve our customers’ businesses through the effective use of IT, and the move to Cobalt Business Park marks the start of a new chapter in the story of Perfect Image.
“We will always be committed to providing our clients – both old and new – with top-quality tailored IT solutions, but now we can do it on a bigger scale and in larger premises, with the capacity to recruit even more industry professionals to help deliver the very best service to our customers.”
Based on business forecasts since the launch of AWS, Perfect Image expects that within three years its annual turnover will have doubled and as a result, will have created an additional 55 jobs.
Having already made a number of new appointments, Perfect Image still has a number of open vacancies across a range of job roles.
Robson continued: “Perfect Image is rooted in the North East and so despite the need to relocate to a larger office space, we were determined to remain true to our heritage. Plus, the region has such a wealth of exceptional IT professionals and this talent pool is fed by some world-class universities too, so it made sense to stay in the North East where we can enjoy all the region has to offer our business as we continue to grow.”
The new office space is 10,000sq ft and has undergone a £200,000 refurbishment including breakout areas, meeting rooms and presentation spaces, project managed by Perfect Image’s HR manager, Kay Lees.
Adrian Hill, director at Highbridge, the developers of Cobalt Park, added: “We are delighted that Perfect Image chose to relocate to Cobalt.
“They are the fourth company in the last month to make the decision to either expand or relocate to Cobalt - there can be no better endorsement of the scheme’s quality”.
Perfect Image joins other organisations resident at Cobalt Business Park including the NHS, Newcastle Building Society and EE.
Energy consultancy Utilitywise is also heading to Cobalt Business Park in the region’s largest office leasing deal for five years