Expanding Manchester debt help and advice firm Debt Support Service is relocating to Manchester’s Exchange Quay campus as the business gears up to double its workforce in the next two years.

Debt Support Service was founded in 2009 with the aim of providing fair and ethical consumer debt advice to UK residents. Due to tightening of FCA regulations reducing the amount of competitors, alongside an increase in the need for debt advice, the business has witnessed sustained growth and is preparing for further expansion in the months ahead.

The company’s 24 staff will move into a 4,200 sq ft of office suite on the 8th floor of Building 8 later this month once North West contractor Aztec Interiors has completed the fit-out. The new offices, which have been leased on a ten year term, give the expanding team space to grow as it seeks to recruit a further 20 employees in the next two years.

Michael Connaughton, Director of Debt Support Service, commented:

“We selected Exchange Quay as the base to grow our business as it provides an exceptional environment for our current staff and will undoubtedly help us to attract new employees as the business expands. To be part of a vibrant campus which has a wide range of amenities, great transport options and is safe and secure, is exciting and we are looking forward to seeing our business flourish.”

The latest deal at Exchange Quay follows the recent news that leading engineering and services firm NG Bailey recently chose building 5 at the Manchester office development as its new regional base in the North West.

Both buildings 5 & 8, have benefitted from investment into their receptions as part of the Exchange Quay team’s ongoing commitment to enhancing the occupier experience. The new £500K investment programme has created new receptions offering a balanced and calm space fit for a post-Covid workplace. Acclaimed Manchester architecture and design firm Jasper Sanders & Partners carried out the projects to create welcome amenity space, focussing on the people who work at Exchange Quay and the daily activities and settings needed for businesses to function effectively.

Till Asset Management, acting on behalf of Exchange Quay, has announced a further investment into remodelling the Building 1 reception area as part of the scheme’s ongoing commitment to heightening its occupier experience.

Manchester’s Exchange Quay has 435,000 sq ft of Grade A office space and currently accommodates more than 4,000 workers. The team reports a high level of enquiries for office accommodation which it attributes to the increased emphasis occupiers are placing on employee wellness in a response to the pandemic.

Liam MacCarthy, Director at Till Asset Management, said;

“We are delighted to welcome Debt Support Service to Exchange Quay. This deal succeeds a number of recent high-profile lettings to industry leaders across the UK who are seeking modern office space with a host of amenities and Wellbeing aspects made readily available to their staff. With the excellent location, amenities, transport links and our tenant support programmes, we really do believe there is no better place for the current working generation and this has been supported by the surge in enquiries as employers seek to match all the key criteria for a healthy, well-connected space for their staff in a post-covid world.”

The quoting rent on Exchange Quay is £21 per sq ft plus car parking and agents are Canning O’Neill and Colliers International.