A recent visit to Silicon Valley in California by the Directors of Enable in Stratford-upon-Avon has inspired the firm to design their new headquarters along the lines of global giants Google and Intel.
Entrepreneurs Denys Shortt and Andrew Butt have invested over £1 million in the new Enable Headquarters at The Courtyard on Timothy’s Bridge Road. The pair started Enable in a stable block in Buckland near Broadway in 2000 and now the company employs 30 people with sales of £2m per annum — a wonderful start-up to success story.
What is most remarkable is that Andrew was just 16 when Enable began and Denys made him the Managing Director — one of the youngest to hold this position ever in the UK.
The offices have been designed by Enable’s Operations Director, David Hunt, whose talents far exceed just running his software team. David, who also project managed the fit-out of the premises, said “My goal for this project was to create an environment that not only reflected Enable’s values but also reinforced them; As our staff and clients spend time in this space they will notice the attention to detail, the consistency, the quality of what’s around them and will be reminded of what Enable is all about.”
“Office design is a major motivator for staff and to encourage creativity and innovation the surroundings are vital.” said Denys Shortt, Chairman and CEO of Enable “We are working with WBS and WMG at Warwick University on many areas and Innovation and Creativity is a major focus for us.”
Enable Software has won some major deals with companies such as Laing O’Rourke, NHS, Bupa and Gatwick and Heathrow Airports. Enable specialises in creating bespoke software for large businesses which integrates with Sage, SAP and Oracle and which is all hosted in a cloud environment.
Andrew Butt comments “We always aim to source locally and have had great help from local contractor Peter Phipps who masterminded all the building works. The office furniture is mostly from Herman Miller and we also used a firm called SpaceOasis for the curved seating areas.”
He continues “One unusual change is we have done away with a conventional phone system and we have opted to use Skype instead. We feel that a computer based system is far better — by using Skype we can see who is in or out and the system logs all the calls and can send text messages.”
He concludes “We do feel we have brought a touch of Silicon Valley to Stratford!”