Bis-Web moved to Bicester Innovation Centre in 2003 with ten employees, but in January 2014 left with 20, which has required the company to move three times within the centre before taking the plunge to buy Astral House in Bicester for an undisclosed sum. After ten successful years of growth and development at Bicester Innovation Centre, specialist technology company Bis-Web had grown to double the size, requiring a move moves to its own offices on Granville Way, Bicester.
“There is no question the flexibility provided by Bicester Innovation Centre over the years has enabled us to focus on business development and recruiting the right employees rather than spending money on costly office moves,” comments Felicity Hopkins, Head of Operations, Bis-Web. “Unfortunately we have now outgrown the centre but we are all looking forward to the beginning of a new and exciting chapter which will see us employ a growing number of staff over the next few years to support our fast business growth.”
Bis-Web also has an office in Sri Lanka and has recently won a string of industry awards for one of its software products, ClearView, including the Business Continuity Innovation Award at the BCI Asia Awards in Malaysia in addition to Best Business Continuity Management Software of the Year in association with CIR Magazine for two years running, the only company to have done so.
Sam Vaughan, Centre Manager of Bicester Innovation Centre at the time of the announcement said: “Although we will be sad to see Bis-Web leave, we are very proud of the business as it illustrates perfectly what the centre is all about. We would like to see other growing businesses follow in Bis-Web’s footsteps by removing the shackles of a traditional office lease to give the business a chance to grow before it is ready for a bigger commitment.”
Bis-Web moved to Bicester Innovation Centre when the business was three years old and has relied on the centre’s flexibility to upscale in addition to a raft of services provided, from the meet & greet at reception through to use of meeting rooms.
“An office move, let alone purchasing premises, is not a decision we have taken lightly,” continues Felicity Hopkins. “The cost of an office move is expensive when adding-up all of the little things provided by the centre which we take for granted like furniture, a telephone system, photocopier, even down to tea and coffee! The fact that we have been able to move three times within the centre has saved the business a significant amount.”
Bicester Innovation Centre has just over 9,000 sq. ft. of office space ranging from 93 sq. ft. to 1,308 sq. ft. across two floors with a selection of conference and meeting room facilities.