Darlington has become the centre of the world for global commercial consultant Garry Reeves who has made the town the base for his new company.
After 25 years of working and living overseas, the Reeves family have finally followed their hearts back to the town where Garry and his wife Gill grew up.
And after finding the perfect place to start up his company, Reeves Commercial, Garry can continue to do business with energy industry clients in every corner of the world – from his new office at Business Central Darlington.
Garry – pictured above (right) with commercial consultant Matt Brown – said: “The beauty of having so many international clients is I don’t need to be based in any single location.
“This way of working gave us the freedom to choose anywhere in the world to set up our business – and we decided to come home to Darlington.
“We’ve been away a long time, living and working in the likes of Indonesia, Vietnam, Brunei, Singapore and Norway, but feel this is where we belong. It’s really good to be back.”
Reeves Commercial currently employs three people in Darlington at Business Central and has a network of overseas assignees.
The business specialises in providing commercial advice to the energy industry.
Finding the right office accommodation was critical to making the move a success and Garry says the facilities offered at Business Central fit the bill perfectly.
He said: “Having 24-hour access to your office is essential when you’re working with clients in different time zones so Business Central’s flexibility was a major attraction.
“The serviced and secure facilities also mean we can work abroad with complete peace of mind. I can just up and leave to work with a client overseas, knowing that the office is being taken care of day and night.
“The pleasant surroundings and friendly faces of the centre staff and neighbouring businesses make for a welcome return when we do come back from travelling.”
As well as 60 offices to rent, Business Central offers co-working space and virtual office services for those who don’t require dedicated space but want a vibrant business community and professional address.
Tenants have access to a business support adviser, regular networking and social events as well as a gym and micro spa.
Vanessa Wood, centre manager at Business Central, said: “It’s great to be able to welcome Garry and Reeves Commercial back to Darlington and for yet another great business to call Business Central home.”