After experiencing continued success in Southampton, IT recruitment business, VIQU has opened a brand-new office in Ocean Village, Southampton to accommodate its growing recruitment team.
VIQU was attracted to the Hampshire region in 2017, after its managing director Matt Collingwood identified the Solent region as an attractive location for tech talent and businesses alike. With its world-leading research-intensive university, higher-than-average salaries for IT professionals outside of London and a score of ‘very high’ for quality of life, due to its low cost of living and abundance of green space, Southampton was an obvious decision for VIQU.
Since opening a small satellite office in Ocean Village, Southampton in May 2018, both VIQU and Southampton’s tech sector have continued to flourish and grow, with the city being labelled as a top-five ‘tech supercluster’ and big names like Starling Banking opening offices within the region. This culminated in the inevitable purchase of a spacious ground floor office space on the cusp of Ocean Village in spring 2020.
Over 12 months, VIQU worked with a number of local businesses including Bluewood Office Interiors and Lime Signs to renovate the space into an engaging office which reflects VIQU’s brand and forward-thinking ethos.
After a consultation with the team to discuss what they would like to see in the new office, VIQU added a number of additional features to the office for its team’s overall well-being, including standing desks for ergonomic reasons, and a shower room so that team members could cycle to work or exercise in their lunchtime. The office also features a private board room and bright, inviting graphics that highlight VIQU’s fun and friendly team culture.
Comfortably seating 22 people, VIQU now has the space for rapid team growth, with current opportunities ranging from recruitment consultant to billing manager/team leader level.
“I am very excited to finally announce the opening of our new Southampton office. After an impressive period of growth, VIQU’s senior leadership team and I made the decision that it was time to heavily invest in a region and tech sector that we truly believe has the scope to expand and support our ambitious growth plans. I am very pleased with the results, and I know that our current Southampton team members and future hires will enjoy and benefit from the modern, bright and engaging office environment we have created for them,” said Matt Collingwood – managing director of VIQU.
“I am very proud of what our Southampton team has managed to achieve in just three years, supporting the IT departments of many fantastic local and international clients. I have always championed the Solent region’s IT industry and believe that VIQU’s willingness to invest in its Southampton presence will only transpire into trusting and prosperous long-term relationships. I’m looking forward to enjoying the perks of the new office and showing it off to our Southampton clients once restrictions allow us to,” commented Vinay Sonchatla – managing consultant at VIQU Southampton.