It is renowned locally for its combination of history, elegance and food. But there’s even more to Acklam Hall than meets the eye…
It’s hard to argue with Michael Jones when he insists that Acklam Hall offers “the most prestigious business address on Teesside”.
There is certainly an air of exclusivity about Middlesbrough’s only Grade I Listed building that other business premises could not hope to match.
From its sweeping drive to its stunning period architecture and modern interior office space, everything about Acklam Hall oozes class and quality.
“There’s nothing like this in the area,” says managing director Michael, as he sits in the 17th Century hall’s impressive conference room. “It has got to be the best address for any Teesside business.”
While Acklam Hall’s history and elegance have already won numerous headlines, its equally impressive Bvsiness Rooms have until now gone under the radar.
With a name that gives a classical Latin nod to the Hall’s heritage and the days before the letter u was part of the English alphabet, the Bvsiness Rooms feature a range of serviced office accommodation and conference facilities.
Accommodating numbers from 2-120, the venue’s meeting rooms are available for use by both resident and non-resident companies.
A combination of the Hall’s flexible workspace, bespoke facilities and personal, welcoming ambience has already attracted a wide range of local businesses to take up residence within walls that for two centuries were home to the Hustler family.
The Hall is already home to a diverse range of businesses including nursery group Montessori People, Roseberry Photography, renewable energy specialists 3AD3 and nail technicians Illustrated Beauty.
The Hall’s impeccable location, far from the madding crowd but within only a few minutes’ drive of the A19 and Middlesbrough town centre, is another key asset.
Increasing numbers of businesses are also attracted to the Hall’s ‘Virtual Offices, providing companies with a prestigious business address and telephone answering service without the associated costs of a physical office. Calls are answered in their company name and mail forwarded to them.
It’s an intriguing option that has already enticed a number of one-man bands and those who work who don’t want to publicise their home as their marketing address to take up a virtual office from as little as £50 per month.
But to truly enjoy all that Acklam Hall has to offer, you really need to physically be there, as Michael explains.
“It’s an inspiring place to work and can’t fail to impress clients and visitors,” he says. “And, despite being one of the oldest buildings on Teesside, we offer super-modern business facilities including super-fast broadband speeds.
“We have state-of the art facilities sitting within a 330-year-old building.
“On top of all that, our unique location means you’ll never get stuck in traffic, there’s ample free parking and, with our restaurant downstairs, you’ll never go hungry either. It really is an environment like nowhere else.”
Back to the classroom as Phil turns back time
When Phil Teasdale, chief executive officer of the EMS Group, had half an hour to kill while his car was being repaired he took a trip back in time to his old school, now converted to the spectacular Acklam Hall.
And, having nipped in for a coffee, he liked it so much he made it his company’s new headquarters – with his former Geography classroom as his new office!
Although it retains locations in Stockton, central Middlesbrough, Newcastle and Durham, the group’s HQ, administration and marketing base is now the former stately home.
Formed eight years ago, the thriving group features Enterprise Made Simple, a training company helping start-ups to grow and sustain their business, Enterprise Revolution, a not-for-profit enterprise agency with several government contracts advising people who’d like to start a business, and digital training company HypeStar.
Having secured several new contracts, EMS is increasing its team to 28 with the recruitment of 12 new staff, some of whom will be based in the Bvsiness Rooms at Acklam Hall.
What really sold the 17th Century hall to Phil was the access it gave his company to the venue’s variety of flexible meeting rooms that has meant EMF no longer having to hold training courses off-site.
“It’s been fantastic to move to Acklam Hall,” said Phil. “When clients turn into the driveway and see where we’re based they can’t helped but be wowed. It’s an imposing building and the key to our ongoing expansion.
“We do a lot of our training here now – they have fantastic facilities, the food is amazing for the delegates and the service in general is first class.