JOMAST ANNOUNCES FURTHER INVESTMENT IN ALBERT NORTH

Local property and regeneration specialist Jomast has announced further investment in Albert North, a multi-million-pound regeneration project in the centre of Middlesbrough.

Albert Road, which is a main thoroughfare in the town, was transformed into Albert North two years ago and the rebirth of the area has gone from strength to strength.

Made up of a collection of eclectic buildings it has benefited from a significant transformation. It now boasts a number of modern studios and offices, as well as food and drink outlets and is home to many of the towns digital and creative businesses.

Since regeneration of the area started, Jomast has let over 50,000 sq ft and welcomed numerous high-profile businesses, including Mabo, Big Bite, Salesfire, SockMonkey, Appamondo, The Human Group, LouTom Media and iConvert.

All of the upper floor space at its SIXTEEN/26 building is now fully occupied. Several ground floor units have also been taken by various independents, including Cocoon & Bauer, Pie Jackers, Alkaline Kitchen, Ananda Wellbeing and King B.

Albert North’s close proximity to Middlesbrough Rail Station has also proved popular with businesses that have chosen to relocate to the area. With further improvements to the station underway and new direct trains from Middlesbrough to London starting later this year, it provides excellent public transport links across the region and the UK.

Mark Hill, commercial property director at Jomast, said: “The response to Albert North has been tremendous, and with such a high level of occupancy, our focus now moves onto refurbishing TWENTYEIGHT/32 which was occupied by Barclays up until the end of last year.

“The building offers circa 24,000 sq ft over six floors and will benefit from a full refit including a new reception, new lifts and external enhancements.

“Once again, we’re working with interior design specialists Cocoon & Bauer to ensure we provide the open, modern and flexible office space businesses are looking for to meet their growing needs.”

The work will take approximately nine months and once completed will further enhance this historic part of the town.

Businesses relocating to Albert North can take advantage of an incentive scheme which includes perks such as high-speed broadband, rent and rate incentives, free public health initiatives for all staff and a town centre loyalty card with exclusive discounts.

Anyone interested in leasing units should contact Jomast directly on 01642 666 936 for more details.

SAAS PLATFORM SALESFIRE DOUBLES ITS ALBERT NORTH BASE

Salesfire, an award-winning SaaS company that specialises in conversion rate optimisation and intelligent personalisation, has doubled its office footprint to accommodate recent growth.

The Middlesbrough based tech company has taken a further floor at Albert North’s prestigious SIXTEEN/26 building, meaning it now has 10,000 sq ft of space on the second and third floors.

The company, which launched in 2017, was developed to replicate the experience of an in-store sales assistant online by intelligently recommending products and creating a personalised customer experience to increase sales, conversion rates and revenue.

Salesfire’s CEO, Rich Himsworth, said: “Our growth has been phenomenal; we started as a team of seven in Boho Six, and having outgrown the space, we moved to SIXTEEN/26 at Albert North, and we’ve grown exponentially ever since.

“During the lockdown, we expanded the team to over 50, and the additional floor space served us well as we could use it to ensure social distancing and provide a COVID safe working environment.”

A significant increase in sales means the company is now working with over 600 eCommerce stores, including Hamley’s, TJ Hughes, West Ham Football Club, Moda in Pelle and Psyche. It has also expanded its global reach after acquiring clients in the States and Europe.

With ambitious plans for further growth, Salesfire’s recruitment drive continues, and this time next year, it aims to have doubled its headcount again. As well as recruiting experienced developers, the company will launch its academy.

“We’ve put all of our efforts into making the Salesfire enterprise platform the best in class. We’ve driven all of our profit into growing the business, and Jomast have played a pivotal role in ensuring we were able to scale quickly,” added Rich.

Albert Road was transformed by Jomast into Albert North almost two years ago. With support from Middlesbrough Council, the area has benefited from significant regeneration. It has welcomed numerous high-profile tech businesses, including Mabo, Big Bite, SockMonkey and Appamondo.

Mark Hill, commercial property director at Jomast, said: “We’ve been delighted to be able to support Salesfire’s rapid expansion plans and provide them with the space they need to grow and ultimately thrive.

“We designed Albert North to attract digital and creative businesses specifically, and it is now a vibrant tech cluster which is home to several world-leading companies.

“All the upper floor space at 16/26 is now fully occupied, and whilst our focus remains on letting the ground-floor units, we are also turning our attention to refurbishing the adjoining building TWENTYEIGHT/32, which Barclays occupied up until the end of last year.”

 

AWARD-WINNING GAMES STUDIO EXPANDS INTO ALBERT NORTH

SockMonkey has relocated to Albert North to accommodate ambitious growth plans which will see them triple staff numbers by the end of 2021.

The company joins a host of other rapidly expanding tech companies who have already moved to the area including Mabo, Salesfire, Big Bite, Appamondo, LouTom Media and iConvert.

Founded in 2013, the video games development studio has landed prestigious contracts to work on console and PC titles around the globe, including US-based indie game developer and publisher tinyBuild and Outfit7, one of the fastest-growing multinational family entertainment companies in the world.

Acquiring 5,000 sq ft of office space on the fifth floor within the prestigious SIXTEEN/26 building is another exciting step for the company. It follows an announcement in the summer that it had secured £250k investment from the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund, to enable them to fund Fish Tanks, its first original title that will launch next year.

Bob Makin, SockMonkey’s CEO, said; “We’ve experienced tremendous growth recently and having almost doubled the team we had quickly outgrown our studio space in Boho Five.

“Keen to stay in Middlesbrough’s digital cluster, we needed a new office that would accommodate our future growth plans.

“When we visited SIXTEEN/26 at Albert North, we immediately loved the location and the large, modern open plan space.

“The big plus for us was Jomast had listened to the needs of the digital sector and already created a vibrant community that met all our requirements”.

Despite the current backdrop of COVID-19, the company has continued to add to its existing headcount throughout the year, meaning its phased growth plan remains on track.

Having created many successful games for other companies, SockMonkey is incredibly excited to be launching their own original title.

“This year has been challenging for so many businesses. We’ve been lucky that despite everything that is happening the gaming sector continues to grow rapidly, and our ambition to launch our own game will become a reality” added Bob.

“Albert North has fast become one of the area’s biggest tech clusters, and with its central location, the mix of ambitious digital and creative businesses combined with a variety of independents and food outlets make it easy to see why so many want to move here.”

It’s almost two years since Jomast transformed Albert Road into Albert North and with support from Middlesbrough Council the area has benefitted from significant regeneration. With so many high-profile, ambitious tech businesses making a move here the area has become a natural extension of the Boho Zone resulting in an expanded digital cluster and bustling commercial district.

Mark Hill, commercial property director at Jomast, said: “The response to Albert North has been tremendous, and the area is becoming a real success story.

“We’re delighted to have been able to help a number of fast-growing businesses in the local tech sector make a move into larger office accommodation so they can continue to pursue their growth ambitions.

“With all the upper floor space at SIXTEEN/26 fully occupied our focus early in the new year will be to refurbish the neighbouring property TWENTYEIGHT/32. This six-storey building will offer a further 24,000 sq ft of bespoke office space.

“We also have some ground-floor units available which are suitable for a variety of uses such as food and beverage operators, independent retailers as well as office space.”

“The growing tech sector is complemented by other independent businesses including King B, Cocoon & Bauer, Pie Jackers, Alkaline Kitchen and Ananda Wellbeing, which together provide a vibrant business community.”

 

WORLD-LEADING DIGITAL BUSINESS EXPANDS INTO ALBERT NORTH

World-leading digital business Big Bite has relocated to Albert North to accommodate its future growth.

The enterprise WordPress agency, which counts Amnesty International, The Times and The Wall Street Journal as clients, is the only WordPress VIP Gold partner in the UK and one of only nine in the world.

The move is an essential milestone for the company as it will enable the team to fulfil ambitious growth plans by hiring in excess of 20 staff in the next three years from the local area.

Iain McPherson, CEO and founder of Big Bite, said; “We had been looking for office space for some time, and had explored a number of options to accommodate our planned growth.

“We knew we wanted to stay local, ideally within the town’s digital and creative cluster, and Albert North provided the perfect solution.”

Boasting floor space of over 6,000 sq ft, the new first-floor office has been designed to meet the company’s long-term needs. A range of spaces and meeting rooms have been included to encourage collaboration across the company. Inspiration for the interior has been drawn from the team’s experiences in the US, including offices in New York, San Francisco and Texas.

The space will also be used for networking and training events, which includes the company’s Engineer training program which launched earlier in the year to train aspiring developers.

Big Bite has been committed to working with as many local businesses and tradespeople throughout the office fit-out. They enlisted the help of interior design specialists Cocoon & Bauer to design the space, Hartlepool based Big Interiors for the furniture, and Fox Creative and Smooth Print for signage.

“Our business operates globally, but our roots are firmly in Middlesbrough,” added Iain.

“The fact Albert North has been designed to specifically attract ambitious digital and creative businesses working alongside smaller independents and food outlets made it even more appealing for us.

“Even with the current backdrop of Covid-19, we’re very lucky to be continuing with our recruitment plans thanks to a number of new projects. We’re always on the lookout for talented web developers, and a full list of vacancies are on our website, bigbite.net.”

The rebirth of the town’s historic quarter has gone from strength to strength since Albert Road was transformed by Jomast into Albert North almost two years ago. With support from Middlesbrough Council, the area has benefited from significant regeneration with many of the town’s iconic buildings renovated to expand the digital cluster and create a bustling commercial district.

Mark Hill, commercial property director at Jomast, said: “We’re delighted to welcome Big Bite to SIXTEEN/26.

“The fact that this world-leading business has chosen Albert North as its new home is testament to the expanding digital and creative hub we have created.

“Since regeneration of the area started, we have welcomed numerous other high-profile businesses, including Mabo and Salesfire.

“All the upper floor space at SIXTEEN/26 is now fully occupied, and our focus remains on letting the ground-floor units which are suitable for a variety of uses such as food and beverage operators, independent retailers as well as office space.

Bespoke male groomers, King B, are also a recent addition to one of our ground-floor units alongside Cocoon & Bauer, Pie Jackers, Alkaline Kitchen and Ananda Wellbeing they are creating a vibrant business community.”

Businesses relocating to Albert North can take advantage of an incentive scheme which includes perks such as high-speed broadband, rent and rate incentives, free public health initiatives for all staff and a town centre loyalty card with exclusive discounts.

 

 

NEW TENANTS JOIN VIBRANT MIDDLESBROUGH BUSINESS COMMUNITY

New tenants LouTom Media have chosen Albert North as their base for expansion into the North East.

The Liverpool-based marketing and advertising agency, which also has offices in Edinburgh, moved into the Albert North development in early October.

They will also be joined by interior designers Cocoon & Bauer, who will move into 21 Albert Road in early November.

Cocoon & Bauer owner Peter Turner said: “We needed to expand and as we’d always had our heart set on opening a showroom we had a few places in mind. With the success of the redevelopment of Albert Road and the growing community, I felt this was the perfect location for us to become a face on the high street.”

The Albert North development is a joint venture between Middlesbrough Council and property developer Jomast.

The development already houses a number of small to medium businesses, including award-winning digital companies which have flocked into Middlesbrough as it becomes an established digital cluster.

Middlesbrough Council City Centre Manager Michelle McPhee said: “It’s great to see more new businesses join this unique opportunity at the heart of Middlesbrough’s ambitious regeneration programme.

“The Historic Quarter and Boho Zone are now firmly established as the place to be for cutting-edge creative and digital, retail and leisure businesses.”

ALBERT NORTH LOYALTY OFFERS

BusinessOffer
Alkaline Kitchen10% off food & drink
Ananda Wellbeing Studio10% off classes & membership
Pie Jackers10% off when eating in on Mondays & Tuesdays
Al Forno'sTwo for one (any pizza/pasta from ala carte menu) Cheapest one free
*offer not valid 1st to 31st December
*offer valid in Middlesbrough Restaurant only
*offer available between 12pm and 6pm
TP Coffee House10% off per minimum spend of £4 and have a loyalty card for
the purchase of which will buy 10 hot drinks and get one free.
Umi Japenese10% of the food bill when total exceeds £20.
Elianos10% off Food from Al A Carte menu (excludes any other offers or promotions on the menu) Please mention Albert Road North Loyalty card when making booking.
Mannequin CaféLoyalty card for hot drinks
afternoon treat, coffee and cake for £3.90
Breakfast bun w/tea/white coffee/black coffee £3.00
Turtlebay20% Discount of food bill (when a drink is purchased) Sunday - Friday. Excludes set menus (inc. Christmas)
La Pharmacie10% of Food Bill - does not apply to the £5 menu
Peri Peri Original10% of A-F meals on the menu
Uno Ristorante10% Discount
Boho Bytes caféloyalty card scheme for drinks and specials
Pierre10% of ladies and gents hair. 15% of Spray Tans
Little Vegan Market10% off on zero waste products. 15% if you bring your own container
Manjaros15% of Food Bill when dining Mon-Thurs 12-5pm
The Nesting BoxTuesdays and Fridays 20% of Everything (excluding facial treatments)
UltraChique Salon10% of all spa, beauty and clinic therapies. Full priced items only
Dovecot20% of all Food Purchases between 12-2pm
Oodles Noodles10% discount on take away and sit in meals- Linthorpe Road
Holiday Inn Express15% off bedroom & 20% off food and beverage during stay
The Stottie Company20% off any purchase between Monday 7th January and Sunday 20th January then 10% any purchase.
Restrictions; not including alcohol sales

MULTI-MILLION POUND REGENERATION PROJECT HAILED A SUCCESS

A multi-million-pound regeneration project in the centre of Middlesbrough has been hailed a success as it welcomes a further hat-trick of new tenants.

Albert Road, which is a main thoroughfare in the town, was transformed into Albert North 12 months ago. Now a vibrant new business community, the area has benefited from a joint approach to investment between Middlesbrough Council and local property and regeneration specialist Jomast.

Mabo, Alkaline Kitchen, Pie Jackers, Salesfire and Carbon by Clicksco are some of the businesses that committed their future to the area, and more tenants have joined them.

Cocoon & Bauer and Ananda Wellbeing are the latest businesses to make Albert North their home. Interior design business Cocoon & Bauer had outgrown their existing space when it set its sights on premises here.

Managing director Peter Turner said: “When we started looking for space to expand, it made sense to open a showroom as the domestic side of the business was taking off.

“We’d already designed commercial interiors for other businesses here, so we were fully aware of Albert North’s potential, and this made the decision to come here easy.”

Cocoon & Bauer, which will be next door to Pie Jackers at 21 Albert Road, expects to be open before the end of October. Work will start on the showroom design once Jomast has completed the first fix stage on the premises.

“Jomast has been incredibly supportive throughout the entire process. There is such a buzz here, and we wanted to be part of this community,” added Peter.

The area has also welcomed Middlesbrough’s first dedicated yoga and wellbeing studio. Ananda Wellbeing is the brainchild of Anna-Marie Morgan and her partner Adam O’Neil. The couple chose the central location after they were impressed with the vision Jomast have for Albert North and the regeneration taking place in the town.

Having worked with Cocoon & Bauer to create a design for the interior Ananda Wellbeing is transforming space at 10 Albert Road into a studio. It will cater for everyone, with beginners’ courses and more energetic classes for those more experienced. As well as pilates and salsa, hot yoga will be available on a ‘pay as you go basis’, which is a first for the area. Treatment rooms providing physiotherapy, reiki, hot stone massages and reflexology will also be available.

Talking about the new tenants, Mark Hill, commercial property director at Jomast, said: “It’s been 12 months since we welcomed our first new tenant, Mabo, to Albert North and the area has developed into a bustling commercial community.

“The success is down to the variety of tenants we’ve attracted which has resulted in a diverse but complementary community that includes tech and creative firms, quirky eateries and city living apartments.”

INNOVATIVE INTENT DATA MANAGEMENT PLATFORM HAS MOVED INTO THE HEART OF TEESSIDE’S TECH HUB

Innovative intent data management platform Carbon DMP has moved into the heart of Teesside’s flourishing technology hub, as it reveals plans to double its North East workforce within the next 18 months.

Relocating to Albert North’s SIXTEEN/26, the 24-strong team now occupies 5,000 sq ft in one of the buildings biggest newly refurbished units.

Having spent three years at Cleveland Business Centre, Clicksco-owned Carbon DMP has officially opened the doors at its new location, following the rapid expansion of its cutting-edge audience targeting and monetisation technology. Pioneered by the award-winning team of digital consultants, developers and data scientists, Carbon DMP’s unique suite of tools and solutions have been embedded by leading US and European publishers, brands and agencies.

Pete Danks, divisional CEO at Carbon DMP, says the decision to take up larger, more flexible space was primarily driven by the company’s commitment to innovation. He explained: “Innovation is central to everything we do – we’re lucky to have some of the best creative minds in the sector developing our industry-leading technologies and as such, we recognise the importance of ensuring they have the optimal environment to thrive.”

Offering its employees the option of a four-day working week, Carbon DMP also gives every team member two hours of wellness time per week so they can recharge their batteries. The company’s new office even boasts a dedicated ‘wellness room’ – a major design element that aligns to its people-centric culture, with the aim of stimulating long-term productivity.

Pete added: “There are plenty of activities for our staff to get involved in such as yoga, table tennis and pool and we’re looking forward to having several new starters join us in the coming weeks. As a champion of wellbeing in the workplace, it’s invigorating to see the positive impact it has on our people – contributing not only to retaining highly-skilled digital experts, but attracting specialists at all levels, whether that’s filling senior technical roles or engaging interns from the region’s rich talent pool. Innovating in this way is the key to our success, as demonstrated by our raft of new appointments and active recruitment strategy, which supports our ambitious plans to double our headcount by the end of 2020.”

With firms such as Mabo Media and Salesfire already counted as neighbours, Carbon DMP is one of many technology companies flocking to the area as it becomes an established digital cluster.

Pete continued: “Moving to Albert North perfectly positions our team within a bustling commercial district and it’s exciting to be part of the buzz – especially as Middlesbrough has been identified as a fast-emerging UK digital tech hotspot. As Carbon DMP heads into this next stage of growth, that’s a major draw for us. We welcome the opportunity to connect with a wider community of like-minded businesses while we strive to position our technology as a must-have for brands, agencies and publishers located in the North East and beyond.”

Mark Hill, Commercial Property Director at Jomast, which owns the development said: “It’s very exciting that Carbon DMP, another award winning company, has decided to join the ever-growing tech community at Albert North. Working with their appointed designers and using our experienced fit-out team, we have together created a fantastic space for both working and relaxing. We wish them every success with their ambitious growth plans.”