Growth sparks ‘exciting move’ to ‘iconic’ city office space 

Digital growth experts, The SEO Works, is doubling its office space in Sheffield city centre, creating new jobs for the region as part of aggressive expansion plans.

The SEO Works has signed a lease on an 8,600 sq ft office space at Fountain Precinct, one of Sheffield’s most iconic central office buildings, situated next to Sheffield City Hall at Barker’s Pool.

The team, which was recently voted ‘SEO Agency of the Year’ at the UK Digital Growth Awards, will move from its current 3,788 sq ft base on Scotland Street to its new third floor home complete with open plan offices, meeting rooms and break-out areas for its growing team.

MD Ben Foster said: “This is an exciting move for us. We had outgrown our current space, having hired 18 staff in the last six months, and have further plans to recruit more this year.

“The move was driven by two factors. The first was all about confirming our confidence in office-based working as a hub, and then secondly, seeing the value of the space and using it to its maximum.

“We are now offering a hybrid working style where staff have the flexibility to work from home and from the office on days of their choice. During the last year remote working has been possible, but still the office is important.

“It is crucial to our culture, how staff work and where ideas are born, better developed and delivered. The new office represents a centre for collaboration and our culture.”

Peter Whiteley, partner and head of the Sheffield office of Knight Frank, added: “These offices fit The SEO Works’ style of business and reinforces the critical relationship they want to have with their employees and clients.”

Ric Tsang, fund manager at Aegon Asset Management said: “The SEO Works’ space increase is testament to the success of the recent refurbishment works undertaken which have ensured that the building continues to be fit for the future.”

left to right: Knight Frank’s Peter Whiteley with The SEO Works sales director Alex Hill, MD Ben Foster and operations director James Corry at The SEO Works’ new HQ at Fountain Precinct


Strata launches interior design tool following ‘hugely positive’ first half

Luxury house builder Strata has announced the launch of its new design programme which allows customers to create an entirely bespoke interior that can be factored into the build process and completed ahead of their move-in date.

Doncaster-based Strata boasts developments across Yorkshire, Derbyshire and the Midlands including the recently completed Belong in Eckington.

The launch of its new design platform – called Home Configurator – allows customers to customise the fixtures and fittings of a property’s bathroom and kitchen, including kitchen cabinets and worktops, lighting, flooring, tiles, and built-in appliances.

The move follows a ‘hugely positive’ first half of 2021 for the business, bolstered by the Government extension of the Stamp Duty Land Tax holiday and the easing of lockdown restrictions.

Strata has also partnered with Yorkshire retailer Nest to provide access to its range of luxury furniture and lighting, as well as the personal customer service offering of its interior design experts.

The deal, which is available for selected plots and developments, is offered to customers who have made reservations completed since July 3 2020. Strata marketing manager Natalie Wilson said: “One of the benefits of purchasing a home off-plan is that it is entirely possible to have an instrumental role in designing how it looks and how it feels.”