A high-tech new tenant is joining a vibrant new business community in central Middlesbrough.
Fast-growing e-commerce business Salesfire becomes the latest tenant of the vibrant Albert North development.
Launched in 2017, the company provides businesses with solutions to help websites increase their sales.
They will join Mabo Media, Keystage Recruitment, Working Links and Hays Recruitment in 16/26 Albert Road, taking 5,000 sq ft of modern bespoke space.
Tenants of Albert North receive a number of perks, including high-speed broadband, rent and rate incentives, free public health initiatives for all staff and a city centre loyalty card with exclusive discounts and incentives.
The development will also include food and beverage offerings starting with vegan café Alkaline Kitchen due to open this month, serving a 100% plant-based menu from Monday to Saturday.
Salesfire CEO Richard Himsworth said: “We’ve grown dramatically over the past six months, more than trebling in size with a team of 23 full-time employees.
“Outgrowing our current premises, we needed somewhere which could cope with our ambitions for further growth.
“Our move to Albert Road is a fantastic opportunity, allowing us the space to expand further in an area that’s regenerating and becoming home to many other successful businesses.”
The multi-million-pound regeneration project, which lies on the main thoroughfare of the town, is being driven by local property developers Jomast in partnership with Middlesbrough Council.
Mark Hill, commercial property director at Jomast, said: “The latest letting to Salesfire means that 20,000 sq ft of space has now been taken up at Albert North in under six months which is some achievement and great for the town.”
The development is part of a wider strategy to drive business investment to Middlesbrough’s city centre, and will also include a food and beverage offer, with the announcement of a vegan café to open this year.
Alkaline Kitchen is due to open in January, serving a 100% plant-based menu from Monday to Saturday.
The strategy also includes significant investment to the rail station and the development of Grade A office space on Centre Square.
Michelle McPhee, city centre manager at Middlesbrough Council, said: “We’re thrilled that businesses are already responding positively to the offer at Albert North.
“The development will further entice creative and digital businesses to move into the centre of Middlesbrough, complementing our already thriving digital sector based in the Boho Zone.
“Providing suitable office space to a wide variety of businesses is a key component of our strategy to create vibrant city centre in Middlesbrough, in addition to further developing our retail and leisure sectors.”
Councillor Charlie Rooney, deputy mayor and executive member for city centre strategy, said: “Albert North is the latest phase of the ambitious plans we have for our city centre.
“A thriving business community is key to a prosperous future for Middlesbrough and the wider city region, and we will continue to work with a range of partners to deliver a vibrant environment for enterprise.”
• For more information on Albert North, visit www.albertnorth.co.uk
• To find out more about Middlesbrough Council’s investment strategy, visit www.investmiddlesbrough.co.uk