A city firm is bucking the UK’s economic trend by moving into larger premises and creating more jobs.
The move by digital agency NuBlue comes after the web-hosting business reported ‘impressive growth’.
With the help of a £20,000 grant from the Regenerate Pennine Lancashire (RPL) Accelerating Business Growth scheme, the company has moved from Lancaster University to a 232-square metre office at the White Cross Business Park, based in the city centre.
The expansion has allowed bosses to take on five new staff, bringing its team to 23.
And they are hopeful their new base will allow further growth in the future, with room for up to 40 employees now available.
Michael Ashworth, NuBlue managing director, said: “Moving into our new home has been a big milestone for us.
“We wanted to find somewhere that would give us room to fulfil our ambitious growth plans, represent our brand well and provide an enjoyable work environment for the team. I think we have achieved all three requirements.
“Regenerate Pennine Lancashire has been instrumental in helping us achieve our goals and has been a pleasure to work with.”
RPL awards grants to businesses all over Lancashire to help them fund business relocation and expansion projects, particularly those with plans to grow, therefore boosting the economy.
The premises include two levels of accommodation, comprising open plan offices, two meeting rooms, a room in which to house its servers, a kitchen, two bathrooms and a ‘chill-out’ area.
The company has been shortlisted in five categories at the BIBA Awards, dubbed Lancashire’s biggest competition for innovative businesses, including ‘change for growth’.
It is now in the process of putting the finishing touches to the office’s decor.
Regenerate Pennine Lancashire is funded by the Government’s Regional Growth Fund.
The Accelerating Business Growth part of the programme is a competitive grant scheme which offers support for applicants who can demonstrate a commitment to significant job creation, additional investment from other sources and major impact on the Lancashire economy.
Applications are assessed by one of three local panels which are made up of people from the public and private sectors. Grants of up to £150,000 are available depending on the project.