Leading recruitment specialist NRG relocated to Quorum in 2020 to drive growth & facilitate the modernisation of its operations in response to technological advances in the sector.
Eighteen months on from the relocation from their long-term home in Newcastle city centre, we caught up with the company’s managing director, James Carss, to find out more about NRG’s experience of life on the park.
- Tell us a little bit more about NRG?
JC Essentially, we have two businesses: a niche specialist recruitment business (NRG), which places people in Corporate Services, Tech & Digital and Executive Search & Selection; and greenbean, our Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO) business.
2. What prompted your move to Quorum?
JC: Spread across four floors, our office in Grey Street had served us well for 40 years but our needs were changing, and we needed a more agile and flexible workspace that could accommodate our ambitious plans to grow the business and more than double headcount over the next two years. Even before the pandemic hit, recruitment was already experiencing a shift towards virtual and remote hiring so it was no longer a requirement to have meeting space in the city centre
3. How has your new office space been working for you?
JC. We took 9,000 sq. ft. on the ground floor of the NEON building on a 10-year lease. While the move was not prompted by Covid, working at Quorum Park has certainly made our ability to manage the pandemic far easier.
The spacious, open plan layout has helped us to create a collaborative space where the different business areas are able to work closer together. Even at the height of the pandemic when there was only a small number of staff in the office, working across one floor has improved communication and social interaction. This has also had a significant impact on the mental health and wellbeing of our team members.
4. What other changes have you seen since the move?
JC. The team has taken to life at Quorum Park very well after spending such a long time in the city centre. Working in modern, purpose-built office space with no physical barriers, has played a seminal role in transforming the business in terms of greater communication and improved collaboration between the teams.
Small yet important features such as access to our own kitchen space at NEON is important, allowing the team to eat and chat together away from their desks. We have made a concerted effort to do this in a move that’s reaping benefits personally and collaboratively – staff are also saving money and have even become more healthier as a result of not having the temptations and attractions of the city centre shops, bars and restaurants.
While the park has good access to public transport services and is handy and safe for cyclists to reach, access to ample onsite parking is a big boon for many and has made the journey to and from work far easier and less stressful than when we were in the city centre.
5. In what other ways has the relocation to Quorum been good for business?
JC. Many of our existing clients are also based on the park and there’s little doubt that being visible and physically present enhances our relationship.
Being on the park has definitely made life easier than it would have been as we’ve faced the challenges of Covid and the associated restrictions. We are looking forward to the resumption of normal life to make use of all the facilities and events that park life has to offer such as the sports club and BBQ space.
To find out more about NRG please find visit NRG – Specialist Recruitment Agency – Newcastle upon Tyne (nrgplc.com)
For more information on the office spaces currently available at Quorum please visit Work – Quorum Park