Midshire preparing for West Bromwich move

Office technology sales and service provider Midshire Business Systems is planning to officially open its new £2.2 million head office in West Bromwich in October.

Work under way on redeveloping the Doranda Way site for Midshire's move
Work under way on redeveloping the Doranda Way site for Midshire's move

The growing business is moving from Birmingham to Doranda Way after running out of space to grow on its current site.

Work on re-developing the site to increase office facilities, warehousing and workshop space from 20,000 sq ft to 25,000 sq ft is underway and Midshire is expecting to move in during early October.

The building work is now well under way with the aim of creating create a modern, professional and productive environment.

The larger warehousing space will allow Midshire to provide a greater level of stock for customers and is located at the back of the building. The front entrance to the building will be entirely glass-fronted.

National property and construction consultancy Wakemans was commissioned for the £2.2m head office extension and refurbishment project.

Wakemans provided Midshire with a complete design and build service with full project management to re-develop the facility which will also have parking for 100 cars.

Wakemans associate director Adrian Cartwright believes the project represents a new mood of optimism for businesses that are now willing to invest as the outlook for the economy continues to improve.

“We are experiencing more enquiries as companies that had put projects on hold are starting to dust off their plans and move forward with their investments."

Leamington Spa based construction company Intex Projects was appointed as the contractor to build and refurbish the new head office which stands on a 1.2-acre site.

Midshire managing director Phil Powell said: “We have seen continued and steady growth since the company started 24 years ago. This has been accelerated over recent years by expanding our portfolio of products and services as well as increased brand awareness through marketing campaigns, sponsorship and charity work.

“This is a significant investment for us and I’m pleased to say that building is commencing the month after our best ever month on record.

“Wakemans have been on hand to explore all of our options and provide excellent recommendations and advice. With a full-range of professional services and being a local supplier they were the obvious choice for appointment.”

The Midshire Group has seen several years of growth and currently has offices in Nechells, Birmingham, Stockport, and Wales.

The company, founded in 1991, currently employs 185 and has taken on more than 28 new employees over the last 12 months with group turnover anticipated to exceed £24 million this financial year. More telesales and engineers posts are expected to be created once the move to West Bromwich takes place.

Midshire’s partner company and industry leader in the legal telecommunications sector, LegalTX, will also be involved in the move with all 23 employees relocating to the new site.

The Midshire Group is a business partner of Samsung and its telecommunications division led by managing director Jim Callaghan has recently been involved in field testing of a beta software version for Samsung’s successful OfficeServ 7000 telephone system range.

The collaboration in the UK and South Korea resulted in the new software being successfully released and available to all of Samsung’s customers.

“Our comprehensive building surveying service provides clients with a fast, reliable and cost effective solution that enables them to carry on with their business whilst we provide much needed new facilities,” he said.

Midshire has been a Samsung Platinum Service Partner since 2012 and is one of only five in the UK to hold that status.