Former Grimsby fish and chip restaurant transformed into state-of-the-art IT base

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 25 May 2017

GRIMSBY-based IT firm LCS Group has proudly unveiled its new home of innovation in the town centre.

Lord Haskins, chairman of Humber Local Enterprise Partnership, was asked to officially open Riverside House, fondly remembered as Leon’s Fish Restaurant by many.

After more than a year of investment and development it has been transformed into a modern IT service centre from which LCS manage its local and national customer base.

The first of its kind in Grimsby, the new facility at 1 Alexandra Road, allows the 25-year-old company to deliver a wider range of IT services to its clients, including a dedicated help desk, hardware build zone and dynamic IT monitoring systems. 

Clients systems are monitored 24/7 for operational performance, stability and security threats with early warning alarms that allow the company to deal with issues before they become serious and potentially affect the performance of their customers businesses.

Paul Cave, the company’s managing director, said: “It is vital that local firms are aware of the facilities we have in place here in Grimsby and our open door policy means that anyone interested in adding value, efficiency, innovation and security to their enterprise can drop by and talk to us about their ideas or issues in a pleasant and hi-tech environment.”

Part funded by the Regional Development Fund the new base, just yards from the previous base, will also be home to the LCS IT Technical Academy, which will offer IT students the opportunity to join the firm on a 30-month training and mentoring programme, leading to a long term career with the company. 

Glenn Thow, chief executive of LCS, said: “We have a vision to offer high tech career opportunities to local young talent, to train and nurture them and build our own future workforce from the grass roots of local educational establishments.” 

The LCS IT technical Academy is looking forward to its first intake later in the summer and building on that year on year in line with company growth, applications will be open to potential academy trainees within the next two to three months.

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