An accountancy firm that started life nine years ago in the owner’s spare bedroom has moved into state-of-the-art new premises in his home town of Haverhill.
1 Accounts has opened a new headquarters in Manor Road after seven years in the town’s High Street.
The growth of the family-run business meant a move was essential and the new building also opens more opportunities for the forward-thinking company – including offering co-working space.
For owner Paul Donno, who went to school in the town, there was never any doubt that they would remain in Haverhill.
He explained: “We are a growing business and we knew that we needed a bigger base, while remaining in the town centre. I am a Haverhill boy, I went to school here, and I am proud to run my business and support other local companies from the town.
“We were never going to leave Haverhill. I want to support its growth and offer opportunities to young people locally, and so securing a new head office, which would allow 1 Accounts to continue growing in the town, was the priority.”
During a whistle-stop two months, 1 Accounts took over the new building and completely converted it to a modern, sustainable office.
Thanks to support and grants from New Anglia Growth Hub and West Suffolk Council, the company has replaced every single light in the two-floor building into LED lights.
Desks have been placed strategically to get the most out of heat distribution and a new energy efficient boiler has also been installed.
The new building also includes wellness and training rooms for clients and local businesses while the top floor is being renovated for co-working office space, which can be rented by the day, week or month.
Paul explained: “We know a lot of people are now working from home, but we just wanted to offer a shared space where they could access all the facilities they need and become part of a business community. It has been an incredible busy last couple of months and I must thank my team who gave up numerous weekends to help get everything ready. We would also like to thank the advice and support we received from New Anglia Growth Hub and West Suffolk Council.”