Office space at the what would have been council offices under Labour, Smithfield, is no fully occupied thanks to the work of the Conservative/Independent Coalition.
Stoke-on-Trent City Council has signed up Davies Group, which will take up two floors in Two Smithfield. The company, which has a 1,200-strong team of professionals across the UK, Ireland and Bermuda, gives operations management, consulting and digital solutions to organisations in highly-regulated markets, such as finance and insurance.
Davies Group has outgrown its city centre home at Telecom House and would have had to move jobs out of Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire to another city had high-quality office space at Two Smithfield not been available. The company will take up the third and fourth floors of the building, and is looking to expand at its new home by taking on a further 200 skilled staff over the next two years.
The move means office space at the One Smithfield and Two Smithfield buildings is now fully taken, with a mixture of around 1,400 public and private sector workers across both buildings. This is not only giving a significant footfall boost in the city centre, which is good news for businesses and the economy, but providing a regular rental income for the city council.
Conservative 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.”
Davies Group will join business water provider WaterPlus at Two Smithfield, who moved 400 staff to the building in 2016 when the company was launched as part of a joint venture between Severn Trent Water and United Utilities. One Smithfield is occupied by Stoke-on-Trent City Council, Staffordshire Police, Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce and NHS North Staffordshire Clinical Commissioning Group.
Meanwhile, the City Council remains at Stoke Town Hall & Civic Centre, as promised by local Conservatives.