Hull IT support firm to move offices as it looks to recruit new staff
Jupiter IT directors (from left) Dan Gladstone, Craig Paul and Iain Powell outside their existing premises
By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 27 Mar 2018
A Hull IT support firm is moving to a new home as it looks to expand its team and services.
Jupiter IT, which marked 10 years of supporting regional business in 2017, will leave its former bakery offices in Hull next month and relocate to a high-profile site on the edge of the city, next to the A63 at Hessle.
The firm was launched in 2007 by infrastructure director, Dan Gladstone, technical director, Iain Powell, and operations director, Craig Paul, who drew on experience and ethics from their years working on IT in the NHS to offer services to the private sector.
Mr Gladstone said: “We’ve been winning more business and securing bigger clients – often through recommendation – and we need more people.
“Bringing them into our existing office would make the place very cosy to say the least.”
Garness Jones chartered surveyors were instructed to look for new premises and helped the company select a new base at Shirethorn House in Redcliffe Road, Hessle.
The firm is also marketing Jupiter’s current premises, which it was in for the last seven years, in Chanterlands Avenue.
Mr Gladstone said: “There are seven of us and we have a new recruit joining us very soon. In the longer term we expect to increase the team to at least 10 by the end of this year, including an apprentice who we intend to bring in during the summer.
“Our Cyber Essentials accreditation has helped us improve what we do for clients which routinely deal with sensitive information, including lawyers, accountants and recruitment firms.
“With more space and more people, we will be able to provide additional services. The new location is ideal and will help us expanding geographically, with easier access to customers elsewhere in the region and across the Humber Bridge.”
Last year, Jupiter secured accreditation to the Government’s Cyber Essentials scheme, a move which has boosted turnover by 30 per cent and enhanced its data security capabilities in readiness for the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation in May.
Paul White, agency director at Garness Jones, said: “There is increasing demand for better quality working environments and there is limited availability.
“One result of that is that some people are building their own premises, and we’ve seen examples of that in recent months. Another is that when properties do become available they are snapped up quickly.
“Shirethorn House is in a highly-visible location which will give Jupiter IT greater recognition and commercial presence than the site in Chanterlands Avenue. It also has a more modern, open plan design which is a great fit with their team ethos.
“The building is ideal for the needs of Jupiter at this stage of their development and their current premises present a great opportunity for another small business which is looking to expand.
“It should also appeal to the food and retail sectors as a former bakery which is in a busy location with steady footfall and a lively, proactive community of traders.”
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