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Eight Technology Ltd. is the first tenant to move in to the Grow-on Buildings at Exeter Science Park. Founded in 2003 Eight Technology’s ‘Dealerweb’ software helps automotive dealer groups, manufacturers and independent retailers to boost sales performance through better lead management and smarter customer communication and has relocated to a new state-of-the-art office.
Exeter Science Park’s Grow-on Buildings are partly funded by £4.5m from the HotSW LEP Growth Deal Funding. The HotSW LEP has also provided £2.5m local Government funding towards the Environmental Futures Campus and £5.5m towards the Open Innovation Building, which will bring forward 20,000 sq ft of space for growing small and medium sized enterprises.
Dr Sally Basker – Chief Executive Officer at Exeter Science Park comments: “Exeter Science Park Limited helps innovative science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medical companies to deliver extraordinary growth. Eight Technology was one of the first companies to express interest in the Grow-on Buildings and we are pleased to welcome them and look forward to working with them as part of the Exeter Science Park community.”
Jim Moore, Administration and Compliance Manager - Eight Technology Ltd, said: “Having expanded rapidly in the past couple of years, we soon out-grew our previous office and sought to move somewhere that had the resources to support a growing technology firm. Exeter Science Park is the ideal location for us where we can develop ideas and grow the business alongside likeminded companies within a supportive business environment.”
The internal fit-out of the office suites from concept to completion was undertaken by local independent contractor, MD Business Interiors.
Exeter-based MD Business Interiors carried out a full internal fit-out from initial conceptual and detailed design including M&E; partitions, flooring and office furniture installation. In addition, there was also a full CAT6 data and power installation of the new premises. The open plan office areas include a bespoke kitchen, numerous meeting rooms and marble tiled reception backdrop with a handmade desk with feature LED lights. New flooring to all areas, shower facilities and dedicated server room with air-con.
Mark Dowse – MD Business Interiors comments: “It was a key project for the Exeter Science Park, and we were acting for the Grow-on developments 1st tenant – Eight Technology Ltd. This was an exciting project which is very visual and includes high-tech touches such as an island feature in the bespoke kitchen with a high end ‘Scanomat TOPBREWER’ coffee machine which works from an app on your phone or a tablet by the coffee machine.”
Jim Moore concludes: “Having never undertaken something of this scale before, we were grateful for Mark Dowse’s insight and knowledge regarding the construction of a brand new office, in a brand new building. Mark’s ability to transform what was a blank canvas, into a highly functional, dynamic and modern working environment was remarkable and lived-up to our plans and expectations. It was a complex build that was nevertheless fulfilled on time, on budget and to a high standard. “