Wheatley have been growing rapidly in recent years, increasing our headcount by nearly double since 2015! While this is welcome growth for the company it has put significant pressure on our premises, prompting us to look for more office space.
As our customers, well-know we treasure our rural location and the pleasing dichotomy of the high-tech nature of our jobs conducted surrounded by open farmland and the sound of bird song. Wheatley are therefore delighted to announce that the foundations of a new extension to our existing office are now in place, with the intention to complete work by the Autumn.
In keeping with the existing building (shown in the image to the right), the exterior of the new extension is designed to look like a typical Suffolk barn conversion. But inside however will be purpose-built office space and a suite of new meeting room facilities. All ready to service our expanding team of industry experts and to provide inspirational space for us to continue to grow our product suite of software solutions for the ever-changing needs of the UK utilities sector.
The east of England is increasingly recognised for its tech credentials, with the 2017 Tech Nation survey conducted by Tech City stating that of the 30 tech hubs identified within the UK the tech clusters surrounding Cambridge, Ipswich and Norwich employ 47,700 of the UK’s 1.64m tech jobs – not bad when you consider how rural each county is. Notably the Cambridge tech sector generates a Gross Value Added figure (the money generated by the tech sector in that area minus the cost of operation) that averaged at £867m from 2013 – 2015, which Tech City commentary highlighted as higher than many other UK tech hubs also experiencing growth.
So our new offices will give us the best of both worlds. We keep our lunchtime bird watching walks and beautiful views and we continue to play our part in a vibrant, growing tech cluster, through the exciting new opportunities presented to us by industries geared for transformation with the imminent mass roll out of smart meters and the introduction of competition for water supply.