Active Chartered Financial Planners is continuing to invest in its business, spending more than £600,000 on its premises.
The Stockton-based firm – one of the North-East and Yorkshire’s leading firms of chartered financial planners – has realised its ambition and bought the Active House building, on Teesside Industrial Estate.
The firm spent £480,000 on buying the building, with a further £150,000 in refitting the facility, timed to coincide with its branding relaunch.
The purchase of its premises is the culmination of the company’s investment in its assets and staff and the fulfilment of its aspiration of building-ownership since it began renting one floor in 2012.
The redevelopment of Active House, as well as featuring enhanced client amenities, focuses on staff-wellbeing and includes the creation of a team area, comprising a fully equipped kitchen, dining and seating areas, digital TV, Wi-Fi and a games room.
Managing director Karl Pemberton said: “We are delighted to have purchased our premises on Teesside Industrial Estate, allowing us the opportunity to commit to providing high quality financial services to the region for years to come.
“Initially just renting one floor, we needed to save each year until we could afford it. Similar to how we advise our clients, we had a long term financial plan, and thankfully it’s come to fruition much quicker than anticipated.
“At Active, we put our people at the heart of our business. They are the lifeblood of our success.
“That’s why we have sought to provide a range of facilities, to create a great working environment for the team, so that people do not feel shackled to their desks.
“Originally, we were going to include a gym but following a staff survey, we opted for a games room instead!”
Rachel McCulloch, executive support manager at Active, added: “The team are very excited about the purchasing of the building, especially that it has come at the same time that we have refreshed our brand.
“We all feel that there is a congruent message running through what we offer as a company, and our in office and online image, and this is perfect for Active.
“We are a company that cares about our staff and our clients, and this is crystal clear however you interact with us.”
• Pictured top: Active directors Gary Lumby, Karl Nendick, Glyn Pemberton, Paul Gibson and Karl Pemberton.