Arco moves digital team to @TheDock in Hull Fruit Market

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 24 May 2017

ARCO has moved its digital team to the @TheDock development in Hull's Fruit Market.

The move is part of Arco's biggest change programme to date and is aimed at accelerating the company's digital development.

The new office will house the 50-plus strong digital team, as well as up to 20 consultants and partners working on Arco's Digital First transformation programme.

Some of the team have transferred from Arco's headquarters in Waverley Street, Hull, with others newly hired as part of ongoing recruitment that will add 30 new jobs in digital disciplines such as software development, search engine optimisation, online analytics and systems architecture.

Arco's Digital First programme began in January and will run over the next three to five years, with the company investing more than £30m in the transformation.

More than 150 Arco staff are working on projects as part of the programme.

Richard Martin, Arco's digital director, is leading the programme.

He said: "The working environment has been purpose-designed to promote collaboration, creativity and pace of change.

"This is where the digital team is based and the home for the whole Digital First programme, but it will also be used by many Arco colleagues. People from across the business will be encouraged to work from here for a half a day or a day at a time, using the meeting spaces and hot-desking facilities."

Family-owned Arco was founded in Hull 133 years ago and is the UK's leading safety company, employing 1,700 people across the UK, including more than 800 in its home city.

The company offers more than 170,000 personal protection equipment, workwear, safety footwear and workplace safety products.

The digital drive will involve a complete rebuild of the Arco website to raise online sales from 40 per cent to more than 60 per cent.

Mr Martin, who is a fourth-generation member of the founding family, said the move opened up opportunities for collaboration and made the business more attractive when competing for tech talent.

He said: "We now want to strengthen our links with the local digital community and tap into specialist skills within C4DI.

"Being based here means we are perfectly placed to do that.

"This is a stimulating and engaging environment that helps people to be creative and that's a really important part of our transformation.

"We need to be creative, agile and more responsive to ever-changing customer needs."

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The new office is leased from Hull-based regeneration company Wykeland Group.

Dominic Gibbons, managing director of Wykeland, said Arco was the latest blue chip business to recognise the opportunities offered by the business location, following global technology firm Saab's recent move to C4DI.

He said: "Arco is a pillar of Hull's business community with a proud heritage in the city and exciting plans for growth, driven by a digital-led transformation. We're delighted Arco has chosen @TheDock as the base for that change programme."Arco's investment enhances further the Fruit Market's ever-growing reputation as a magnet for investment."

Over the next two to three years, Arco's existing Waverley Street headquarters will undergo a significant refurbishment.

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