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High-Tech Address Fuels Expansion for Electronic Design Company

posted 22 Jan 2010, 07:44 by RiDO Rotherham   [ updated 22 Jan 2010, 07:47 ]
Originally Posted: Wednesday 4th November 2009
A small South Yorkshire company working with global giants such as Microsoft, Rolls-Royce, BAE Systems and Morphy Richards is to move to larger premises at Rotherham's Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP).

Arrow Technical specialises in the development and application of new electronic products for clients from small start-ups to high-tech multinationals across a range of market sectors including automotive, industrial, medical, scientific and consumer electronics.

Typical of many in the AMP Technology Centre, it is a small company, but a big player with big ambitions, as its client-list shows. Arrow has seen its business double following its move there in 2007 from Nursery Street in Sheffield. The four-strong team has increased to nine, led by managing director Chris Worrall.

He was keen to keep his business located at the AMP and this week signed a deal to buy a larger unit, capable of accommodating his expansion plans at the Park’s latest development, Evolution @ the AMP.

“Image counts in business and since moving to the AMP our location and facilities have impressed customers and contributed to our rapid growth,” said Chris Worrall, who is also a board director at Electronics Yorkshire, a not-for-profit organisation promoting collaboration and complementary services to benefit member companies and the sector as a whole.

“There is no question that being at the AMP has been good for business, in terms of the location, which offers excellent access, the high-tech look of the place, and the opportunities for networking with professionals working at the cutting edge of technology. We are looking forward to moving into Evolution and inviting our customers to visit the new factory.”

Acting on behalf of owner UK Strategic Partnership, Lambert Smith Hampton (LSH) successfully negotiated the purchase of the 3,100 sq ft unit at Evolution. The development totals 95,000 sq ft of high-quality units, which offer ideal growth opportunities for SMEs keen to locate their business at the heart of Yorkshire’s advanced manufacturing community.

The industrial and logistics agent at LSH’s Sheffield office, Ed Norris, said: "The AMP is considered one of, if not the finest business locations in the UK. With its flexible, high-specification accommodation, and excellent multi-modal transport connections, the AMP makes a highly attractive proposition for all forward thinking manufacturing, technology and materials businesses.”

Other high-tech companies reaping the benefits of the AMP's facilities include Dormer Tools, Bromley Technologies, Fripp Design and Research, ITI Energy and Materialise.

Investment manager Philippa Hedley, of South Yorkshire's Advanced Manufacturing & Metals (AMM) team, said: “Technologically advanced companies such as Arrow are benefiting from the Park's international profile and its ability to attract industry innovators. Arrow's success demonstrates that the AMP is fulfilling its role as an accelerator for advanced manufacturing businesses in the region and we are delighted Chris has chosen to continue to grow the business there.“

The AMP is a joint venture between landowner UK Coal and regional development agency Yorkshire Forward. The agency’s assistant director of business, Jim Farmery, said: “We welcome Arrow to Evolution. The move from the Technology Centre demonstrates that this serviced facility is the perfect location for high-tech companies that are looking to grow, as they work alongside the global names that are currently developing the next generation of advanced manufacturing technologies and products at the Park.”

The AMP's available property options ensure there is something to suit growing companies at every stage of development, from managed office, workshop and lab space through medium-sized hybrid and industrial units at Evolution to larger custom-built designs.