A MULTI-MILLION pound Wigan business has moved into new headquarters and brought one of the town’s Victorian landmarks back to life.
Data collection company Lowri Beck, which has four offices in Wigan and employs more than 200 people, moved into the Mayor’s Quay Building at the former Mayor’s Boatyard site on Swan Meadow Road.
The Boatyard, built in the 19th century, had been abandoned for over two decades but has now been returned to its full glory thanks to a National Lottery grant and investment from British Waterways.
The Mayor of Wigan, Coun Joy Birch, opened the new offices along with representatives of the project team and its partners and some of Lowri Beck’s clients.
Coun Birch said: “It is great to see a company staying in the borough and continue to grow and invest.”
The Mayor’s Boatyard site enables Lowri Beck to integrate its human resources, finance, corporate and sales and marketing departments on one site, which the company hopes will lead to further expansion.
The new site will also give more space to take on more staff and create further job opportunities in Wigan, though this will not happen immediately and no timetable has been set for further recruitment.
Founded in 1996, Lowri Beck offers a range of data collection services and field management systems to the energy and utilities industries.
The company, which has an annual turnover in excess of £24m, already owns two other sites on Swan Meadow Road which house a 60-seat operations centre and a national meter operations centre.
Lowri Beck also has a customer service centre for their meter reading business on King Street and a 45-seat call centre on King Street West.
Managing director and chairman Bob Vernon said: “The opening of our fifth building in the area is testament to our commitment to Wigan.”