Relocation of firms is something we are increasingly hearing more of as companies struggle to afford premises and upkeep in these trying economic times. Indeed for local areas it can be a real source of stress and worry, when a business is looking strongly at the option to relocate. Locals worry about keeping their jobs while their managers look for creative solutions to save money. Balancing both needs can be a real juggling act.
However, one Llandudno firm seem to have achieved that with plans for their data centre move. The 40 year old Robertson firm, owned by the French company CCG, provides expert advice to oil and gas producers worldwide. It has emerged that the Welsh government, keen to keep the company in Wales, has provided a £1 million grant to assist the IT relocation.
The move from outdated buildings at Tyn-y-Coed to the Conwy Morfa estate has created 50 jobs. The new site will house the company’s laboratory facilities and data centre when it moves. But there are also plans afoot to redevelop the old site at Tyn-y-Coed.
It appears the Welsh Assembly stepped in after directors planned to move their operations from the site in Wales due to the age of the building and facilities. Also the need for bigger premises warranted an IT relocation.
This new move to keep the firm within the local area has safeguarded 242 jobs and hopefully will create another 48 jobs. Keeping employers open in North Wales has increasingly become an important aspect of regional import in the Welsh Assembly of late after February last year, when Quinton Hazell Automotive Limited announced the loss of 196 jobs at both their sitea, with nearly 80 of them at the Conwy site due to tough economic circumstances.
Indeed a lot of firms are having to consider moving premises completely to cut costs and to keep workers in jobs in areas like North Wales. Therefore data relocation companies up and down the UK have reported an increase in business, particularly in areas of redevelopment or where companies are looking to move to more suitable premises. The age of buildings and the availability of space to house the company and its equipment can lead to a complete IT relocation.
Moving a firm to new premises can seem like a vast organisational conundrum at first glance but when employers consider the positive impact it can have on keeping their employees in a job and cutting their overheads, it can make all the difference between the business picking up and having to downsixe, thus cuttting jobs. After the initial investment of moving offices, equipment and completing an IT relocation has been completed the company can settle into the business of making a profit once again.