11:16 AM 7th October 2019
Inside The New Look Offices Of Fast-growing Hull Duo
TWO of Hull’s fastest growing businesses have unveiled new look offices to reflect the companies’ vibrant working culture, according to the executive chairman of the pair.
The rapid growth of construction framework organisation Pagabo and risk management software provider Sypro have prompted a redesign of the companies’ Bowlalley Lane premises and increased investment in staff training and development, including industry chartered qualifications.
Over the last twelve months, Pagabo has doubled the size of its team, its revenues and what it gives back to the public sector and good causes and has launched two significant new frameworks to the construction industry. Sypro, meanwhile, has seen more than 200% growth in revenues and profitability since 2017 and a quadrupling of its team in that period.
Gerard Toplass, executive chairman of Pagabo and Sypro, said: “As both businesses grew and their cultures evolved, it became clear that our existing set-up wasn’t adequate. From both companies sharing the same floor and one kitchen, we now have workspaces that mirror the young, vibrant working culture we have created.
he building now includes a mix of formal and informal collaborative working spaces, whiteboard walls and hot-desking areas
“We have a team-first approach across the two companies, and we want to ensure that people that work here feel like they can develop in this environment both personally and professionally.”
Alongside the building’s mix of formal and informal collaborative working spaces, whiteboard walls and hot-desking areas, there is also space for more than 20 employees to play pool and arcade games or have a post-work drink at basement lounge bar, WHollar.
he refurbished offices include WHollar, a members-only bar
Simon Toplass, chief executive officer of Pagabo, said: “Both companies work cohesively to create an environment that is truly collaborative. We feel that the culture here is such that our employees feel respected and are able to deliver their best work, but also are able to grow as people.
“We invest in our team to give them the best possible training, but also offer flexible working and time allowances to undertake charity work. Most importantly of all, we want people to enjoy coming into work every day, and we think the combination of the new setup and that investment in our people will make that even more the case.”
The companies used to share the first floor of the building, with the ground floor area used as a kitchen and lunch area. However, the expansion of both firms now sees Sypro spread across the entire upper floor, with Pagabo operating out of its own dedicated workspace on the ground floor.
Both companies are also key players in the local scene, running social events and networking groups alongside other like-minded Hull businesses.