IT solutions firm D2NA relocates to former pottery works

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IT solutions provider D2NA is relocating to a new headquarters – four times the size of its former base.

The company has moved its 20-strong workforce from Newcastle’s Lymedale Business Centre to Digital Balance’s former Phoenix Works site on King Street, in Longton.

The move was prompted by a suggestion from staff on a team away day who were keen on the idea of relocating to more collaborative and open office space.

Now the company has four times the amount of space spread over two floors – and enough room to expand its workforce and launch new services including training and conferencing.

Matt Satongar, managing director at D2NA, said he hopes that the new space will allow the company to showcase some of the technologies it offers, where customers can visit and get hands-on experience and training.

He said: “The team felt that the conventional style of office working was stunting our growth as a company and wasn’t synonymous with the D2NA ethos.

“We started the search for an environment that would encourage creativity and where the team could work together in comfortable surroundings over a nice coffee or even a pizza. At the same time, we felt it was important to stay true to our Stoke-on-Trent heritage.

“Our new space at Phoenix Works is allowing us to create a modern collaborative workspace inside a traditional Potteries building.”

Matt Satongar

D2NA’s new office boasts an outside courtyard area, informal seating and enough space to host meetings for up to 20 people.

The company is the latest business to move onto the site and will join The Glost House cafe bar and The Period Property store.

Over the last 10 years, Phoenix Works owner Mark Milner has undertaken a major renovation project to open up the site as a business and retail hub.

Mark, who is the owner of Kirkland Properties, has spent more than £1 million transforming the 40,000 square-foot site, with eight commercial units, an outdoor seating area and a courtyard.

His future plans for the site include marketing a neighbouring piece of derelict land for housing.

Mark said: “We are delighted that D2NA have decided to relocate their offices to Phoenix Works. The site is becoming increasingly popular as a hub for IT and tech-related companies,and we warmly welcome our latest addition.

“Our ongoing renovation of the listed heritage site will provide further accommodation for similar businesses in the future, and plans include the provision of electric vehicle charging points within the main car park.

“We aim to create the perfect environment for creative and forward-thinking businesses.”

He added: “Following the recent pandemic outbreak, we are installing large parasols within the central courtyard to provide covered open air seating areas for visitors to the site, including diners at The Glost House Cafe.”


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