New Home for Invenio Systems at Friar Gate Studios

Posted on by Connect Derby

Water industry experts, Invenio Systems, are one of the latest growing businesses to relocate to Friar Gate Studios, the flagship building of the Connect Derby managed workspace scheme.

The company was founded in 2015 by Stephen Tooms and Stuart Trow to provide innovative solutions to the water industry.

Invenio Systems’ main focus is on developing new techniques to collect and analyse data, which will provide better information on which to make investment decisions, and to guide routine operations.

Its first product was the Stop.Watch system, which uses a unique approach to identify and measure leaks that would have not been found by normal acoustic methods.

Since being acquired by Halma in 2019, the company has grown rapidly and now operates offices in Cwmbran, Washington, Tyne and Wear and Newport.

The move to Friar Gate Studios was to enable expansion of the Data Science team and centralisation of some operational support activities. It is designed to support the rapid growth in services and systems offered to water companies across the UK.

The launch of Friar Gate Studios in 2007 laid the foundations for what has become a hugely successful managed workspace sector in Derby. Located in the heart of the city’s commercial district, it offers a range of flexible office space for new and developing businesses.

The Studios comprise 41 offices ranging from 275 ft2 to 1190 ft2, some of which are fully furnished and include items including desks, chairs, and storage units and sundry items, including tea and coffee making facilities. Some also have a breakfast bar, sofa, tub chairs, coffee table and plants.

Tenants enjoy superfast broadband, 24/7 access, meeting and seminar rooms equipped with AV equipment, business support services and the popular Bean Caffe.

Commenting on the move to Friar Gate Studios, Keith Hilson, director of Invenio Systems, said:

“We are very happy with our new office space at Friar Gate Studios, which is perfect for our needs. The facilities are great, especially the large meeting rooms which we use regularly to meet and plan with clients.

“The Connect Derby staff are always on hand to help with any queries and issues we have and have made us feel at home here.

“Being located in the Midlands will enable us to service our clients quicker and more efficiently, which will improve the level of service we provide.”

Ann Bhatti, head of Connect Derby, added:

“We are delighted to welcome Stephen, Stuart, and their team to our flagship building at Friar Gate Studios. Their innovative business is a great addition to the range of creative and non-creative businesses already based here.

“Friar Gate Studios’ city centre location is proving increasingly popular with businesses looking for a flexible working environment and we are now proud to boast a dynamic and diverse community of new and established businesses.”

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