Wolverhampton firm, Technology Management, is on the move as part of a £1.75 million investment. The move sees the leading business solutions software company moving just around the corner – from its base at The Old Rectory in Waterloo Road to St Mark's Church in Chapel Ash.
The imposing 19th century St Mark's Church building, which has lain empty for over 2 years, will see the 85 strong Technology Management team move in at the end of April once a 12 week refurbishment programme has been completed.
James Crowter, managing director of Technology Management explains: “We are delighted that we have completed on St Mark’s, which is a landmark building in the city. Whilst we are sorry to leave our offices in Waterloo Road, we’ve just run out of the space we need to be able to respond to customer demand. These are exciting times for Technology Management - our staff numbers have doubled in the last four years and our current plans suggest we will double again over the next four years.
“The £1.75 million investment represents the purchase price as well as significant additional refurbishment and restoration costs. Phase one is just what we need to do to provide our staff with the best possible environment to work in but phases two and three will see the clock and bells in the church’s clock tower restored and the wrought iron railings repaired/reinstated. As St Mark’s is a grade II listed building, it’s a majo
James Crowter continues, “We’ve consistently grown our business since starting in Tettenhall in 1992. I am continually blown away by our team’s achievements and our commitment in helping our clients in manufacturing and distribution improve profitability and drive growth. For many companies today, business transformation means digital transformation. For us that means helping our clients use information technology to automate and speed up processes, design innovative practices and create new revenue streams.
All businesses need to invest to grow which is what we’re doing and St Mark’s is part of the next phase in our expansion plans. With more space, we can recruit more people and with more people, we can help and support more customers. We are an established organisation with our roots firmly based in Wolverhampton and our mission is to continue to service our clients both locally in the West Midlands, across the UK and internationally.”
From 1898 to the 1920s the onsite vicarage at St Mark’s was the family home of the Reverend Kenneth Hunt, an FA Cup winner with Wolves who played for England and also won an Olympic gold medal. Kenneth was the last amateur to have won an FA Cup winner’s medal and also is the only man to have both an FA cup winner’s medal and an Olympic gold medal.
The Rev Hunt turned out for Wolves from 1907-1920 and scored the opening goal in a 3-1 victory over Newcastle United in the 1908 cup final. That same year he was part of the England team that won the men's football tournament at the London Olympics. Kenneth later went on to be ordained in 1908. The church is one of Wolverhampton's 'blue plaque' buildings, recognising its significance in the city's history.
James concluded: “This deal was only made possible because Wolverhampton’s professional community came together to make it happen – it took less than three months from start to completion. Thanks to Neil Mellings at NatWest, James Bird at Bulleys, Chris Jones at Select Finance, Chris Morris at Muras Baker Jones and Jim Murphy at Rees Page.
St Mark’s has such a strong and successful history and we are fortunate to have the opportunity to make it our home. We look forward to restoring and developing the building to make its founders proud.”
To find out about a career with Technology Management or how Microsoft Dynamics helps drive business transformation, please visit www.tecman.co.uk .
For additional information:
Technology Management Ltd
St Mark's Church
St Mark's Road
Wolverhampton WV3 00H
Tel: +44 (0) 1902 578 300