Vehicle firm eyes move to construction company HQ

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 14 Nov 2017

THE expansion of an East Yorkshire progressive commercial vehicles company has seen it acquire the long-standing former headquarters of one of Hull’s leading construction firms.  

The property in Geneva Way, Hull, was designed and built by Sewell Group in 1990 after the company finally decided that its original converted house was too tight a squeeze. 

Now, the decision by Sewell Group to bring its teams together at its complex at the other end of Geneva Way has provided an  expansion opportunity for another long- established East Yorkshire firm, Thompson Commercials Limited, which operates seven depots employing 170 people.

Paul Simpson, managing director of Thompson Commercials, was looking for offices close to the company’s headquarters at Salvesen Way, Hull, to expand his £50m truck, trailer and van sales and leasing business. 

He changed his mind after being alerted to the new opportunity by Garness Jones chartered surveyors. 

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Mr Simpson said: “I wanted to centralise various parts of the business, including accounts, invoicing, sales, admin and leasing. The plan was to do that near our Hull depot, but then I saw this place.

“It looks new, because they built it very well. It is great value for money and the location is ideal for most of the 30 people who will be working here. It’s almost made to measure and it will be a good working environment for everybody.

“We’ve got room here to bring in more people and, if I achieve everything I want to achieve, I could imagine us out-growing this in the next five years.”

Graham Atkins, commercial director of Sewell Group, said the company’s accounts, people and health and safety teams have all moved into the headquarters, which faces Leads Road. 

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The investments and facilities management divisions have joined them, and the construction division is now in the adjoining Sewell Studio.

He said: “Years ago, we were in a converted house in Sutton village with a traditional builders’ yard at the back, and it was a huge decision at the time to move. 

“But we bought the land at Geneva Way, put a road in and, 27 years ago, built an  office and lived there for several years, slowly building up the  business park  down there.

“Now, we have outgrown it. We had a dilemma about whether to do a full refurbishment, but we also had the opportunity to do that with Geneva Court at the other end of Geneva Way.”

Paul White, agency director of Garness Jones, said: “Thompson Commercials needed more space and its preference was to expand to a site close to its Hull depot alongside the A63. 

We knew Geneva Way would offer a high-quality solution and Paul was convinced as soon as he saw it. The key 
 for him was the opportunity to create a  convenient, modern and stylish working environment for his staff.”



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