Creative agency Production Bureau says Cheers! To new home in former Swardeston pub
- Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2016
A firm which transforms conference venues across the world into vibrant exhibition spaces has turned its hand to its own needs – by converting a former village pub into an office.
Swardeston-based Production Bureau has transformed The Dog Inn in the village south of Norwich into a home for 20 of its 53-strong team.
Owner and managing director Ian Greenfield said the £250,000 investment would allow the firm to continue to expand, after it took on 11 new people last year.
'We're an events company but we have a team of creative designers and video editors and we needed space for those people to be based,' said Mr Greenfield, who founded the business 27 years ago.
'It's more vibrant now than it was as a run-down pub.'
The new office – designed by Rackheath-based Bluespace – was part of a £1.2m bid to push the business forward which included work on its original home at a nearby farm.
'There will be gradual growth compared to last year,' said Mr Greenfield. 'We've spent a lot of money as a company so have got to knuckle down now.'
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The firm, which has a turnover of £7m, dispatches teams to conferences across the world, with particular growth in the pharmaceutical sector.
The automotive sector is also seeing an increase, according to Mr Greenfield.
But he said he was unable to reveal the names of his biggest clients, due to confidentiality agreements.
He added: 'We're working with major car companies.
'There are a lot of awards in this industry and a lot of the time we know the projects we work on would easily be up there in terms of the standard of shows other companies do.'
Mr Greenfield, who bought his partner out of the company five years ago, said he primarily worked with blue-chip companies.
The business has also expanded into Scotland where it has an office in Edinburgh and employs four people.
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