Chippenham-headquartered B2B IT solutions provider, Bechtle make the small leap over the road to super-modern 21,000 sq. ft. premises. On Monday 19th April 2021, Bechtle UK officially made the move to their brand-new office in Chippenham. A small move in terms of distance, but a highly significant move in terms of investment and scalability. Bechtle remain in the Methuen Park business estate but have crossed the road from Turnpike House to their new home, Village Green. Bechtle UK opened their first office in 1997 in Plymouth before moving to Chippenham, Wiltshire in 1999.
Bechtle have enjoyed over 20 years of success as an IT supplier to businesses and public sector organisations across the UK. Bechtle provide a full portfolio of IT hardware, software, solutions and services and have a dedicated team of specialists to provide their customers with optimum solution design. The last two years have seen sizeable investment from Bechtle in the UK with the opening of a second office two years ago in one of the fastest growing cities in the UK, Manchester. Bechtle continues to see success, with their 11th year of sustained top and bottom-line growth.
The Bechtle UK team soon outgrew their first 2 Chippenham-based offices and in 2012, moved to purpose-built premises less than 5 miles away. The move contributed to revenues trebling to £70m+ and with a big increase in headcount, Bechtle are now looking to scale even faster. Previously home to furniture designer, Herman Miller, eco-friendly Village Green is 2.5 times larger than Turnpike House and boasts an expansive ‘Living Space’ with plenty of potential and room for the business to grow, which will in turn create new employment opportunities in the local area. There has also been a strong focus on sustainability and the environment with the installation of 4 electric car charging pods and new planting in and around the grounds.
Having taken ownership in July 2020, progress was initially hampered by Covid restrictions. However, Bechtle used the time productively and Village Green has taken on a fresh lease of life with a stylish and sleek new look inside, the latest technology integrated throughout, and modern new furnishings, The new office will provide a superb working environment with plenty of inviting spaces to welcome colleagues and guests. “It’s extremely important post-Covid that the office becomes a community hub and a space that people feel happy to come into and want to spend time in. We acknowledge that people have been working surrounded by the comforts of their home, so we set out to create a ‘Living Space’ which replicates that feel and brings with it the added benefits of ad-hoc collaboration, social interaction and allows our ‘work hard, play hard’ culture to thrive.”, said James Napp, Managing Director of Bechtle UK. The premises are just a few minutes from the M4 and are located just over an hour from London.
In comparison to Turnpike House, which was built to hold 80 employees, Village Green has the capacity for 150-200 people. The new workspace has been designed to be an attractive environment with a homely feel that will make it more than just an office. With a games room, a high-tech customer experience centre, individual working pods, as well as multiple meeting rooms of varying size, quiet spaces and lounge areas, every aspect has been set up with modern collaboration in mind. “Our employees, customers and partners drive everything at Bechtle. We have listened to what they wanted and have designed the space around a hybrid model, with connected screens in every room. It truly is a modern-workplace. We’ve even had a new shower block built for those fitness fanatics who want to exercise before, during or after work. Employee wellbeing is top of our priorities.” added James Napp.
As well as investing in new premises, Bechtle UK are also growing in other areas including recruiting new team members across all departments, as well as further training and development for existing staff around growing areas such as hybrid IT, software, modern workplace and complementary professional and managed services.
Over the last 5 years, Bechtle UK have won multiple honours at the coveted industry CRN Awards and local Wiltshire Business Awards including; ‘Customer and Staff Care‘, ‘Medium Sized Enterprise‘, ‘Best Business to Work For‘ as well as ‘Business Person of the Year‘ for Managing Director, James. In 2019, Bechtle UK also won the top award, ’Outstanding Excellence’. “We are very proud of the progress we have made over the last few years, but we are in no way complacent and have strong ambitions to extend our footprint in the UK and grow Bechtle UK to the next level”, said James.
For more information on what Bechtle UK can offer, please visit – www.bechtle.com/gb