(l-r) Graham Hickey and Stephen Dagg
A North East mortgage firm has opened a new office in Sunderland at the North East BIC as it looks to expand further in the area.
First Mortgage North East has moved to the North East Business and Innovation Centre (BIC) on the Sunderland Enterprise Park.
The company, which currently employs a team of 12 was established 10 years ago offering mortgage advice across the North East accessing deals from most high street lenders.
Graham Hickey, business development manager said: “Mortgage rates have tumbled so it’s a great time to buy. We offer free mortgage advice tailored to suit the individual’s needs, whether they are buying a new home, looking to re-mortgage or investing in a buy-to-let property.”
Having first taken advantage of the BIC’s cost effective virtual office package the company now feel the time has come to move into a physical office on site.
Hickey adds: “First Mortgage already occupies premises in Dunston, Newcastle and Durham and as part of the company’s expansion plans, Sunderland was just one of the areas we were looking to expand in to.
“The BIC’s virtual office facility was perfect for us to establish a base with a local telephone number and address as well as having a professional environment to meet our clients. It’s a very cost effective option which allows you to test the water so to speak, before committing fully to a new location.
“The easy access for ourselves and our clients, and the on-site services ticked all the right boxes for us. Having personally known the BIC for some time, I was aware of its good reputation and supportive environment.
“It’s the additional services like being able to divert our calls when we are out of the office, and being able to request detailed telephone reports, which we know are not available from some landlords, that help us plan and monitor our future growth.
“We currently have one adviser based within the BIC and have plans to expand in Sunderland and other areas across the North East in the future.”
Centre manager at the BIC Donna Surtees adds: “I am delighted to see that having initially taken advantage of our virtual office facility First Mortgage North East now feel that the time is right for them to take their business to the next level and take an office on site.
“It is also satisfying to know that the services the BIC provide are in line with business needs which is demonstrated by the number of companies expanding and staying on site. I wish them every success with their future plans.”