Enable — the Stratford-upon-Avon based software development company — opened their new £1m offices today with Stratford-on-Avon MP Nadhim Zahawi cutting the ribbon for the official opening.
Enable was started in 2000 by Denys Shortt OBE and 16 year old Andrew Butt. The duo met whilst learning to fly helicopters at Heli Air.
Over the past 12 years the company has grown to employ 30 people with annual sales of £2 million.
The offices are a Google inspired design with bright coloured furniture from Space Oasis and ergonomically designed chairs and desks from Herman Miller.
Andrew, now aged 29, says: “We are delighted with the new offices which have created an amazing and motivational working environment for us. The extra space gives us a real opportunity to grow the business. We build leading edge bespoke software for businesses and these offices have allowed us to stamp our unique mark on the industry.”
Visitors to the office opening included Stratford District Council CEO, Paul Lankester, and other local dignitaries as well as Enable customers from P&G, Wolseley, DHL, NHS, Alcumus and Corporate Rewards. The opening event included briefings on Cloud-based technology and The Internet of Things.
Enable has recently recruited four graduates from Warwick University and is keen to work with local educational establishments to grow their business.
Nadhim Zahawi said “It was a pleasure to open Enable’s new offices in Stratford, bringing a slice of Silicon Valley style to the heart of Shakespeare’s home town. It’s great to see Enable investing not just in its home town but also in Britain, growing its work force and employing highly skilled British programmers.”