New business centre gains first tenant

New business centre gains first tenant

Barely opened to prospective tenants, the newly completed Washington Business Centre has already had its biggest hybrid unit spoken for

It has gone to a young business with clients across the UK and Europe. Business Performance Partners (BPP) Visual Ltd develops and produces visual management tools to support businesses on their way to performance excellence and continuous improvement. BPP was set up last year by former Ernst & Young analyst and ex-TRW financial controller Rich Greensmith, with Graham Simmons recently appointed as design director.

BPP’s distinguished client list after a year includes Network Rail, Lufthansa, Bombardier, De La Rue and Honeywell. More than half of its customers are in food manufacturing, and they include household names such as Bernard Matthews and Nairn’s Oatcakes.

Rich Greensmith finds the business centre ideal in quality of accommodation and competitive rent. “We’re also hoping it will help raise our profile among companies in the region,” he added. “And the transport links are excellent for clients visiting from elsewhere in the UK and Europe.”

The centre, purpose built for Sunderland City Council  with support from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), stands at the entrance to Turbine Business Park, close to the A19 and A1231. The 5,200sq m two-storey building has 24 offices, seven hybrid units and 13 workshops, also meeting rooms and free parking. It could be a workplace for 200 eventually.

Sunderland City Council’s business development team has been advising BPP on marketing and future growth strategies. Councillor Paul Watson, leader of the council, says: “We’re very proud to welcome such an innovative young company into the centre, pleased too it has chosen the largest hybrid unit.