Pioneering mobile design and software development studio relocate to loft-style office space in the heart of Newcastle city centre as they continue to mould the future of mobile…
Putting the North East firmly on the map for their pioneering and award-winning “digital products with purpose”, Gospelware are a team of highly creative and technically-minded individuals working across the web, mobile and tablets to change the way we use technology for the better. Having recently relocated to a loft-style office space in Newcastle’s historical Adamson House on Westgate Road, the company have the opportunity to grow the business further thanks to the increased capacity to accommodate more staff and welcome clients from the North East and beyond to their conveniently located new office space.
Boasting 100 meg broadband and 24 hour access, Adamson House and its close proximity to neighbouring creative businesses and local universities, with whom the company work closely with, certainly fitted the bill when founders Ryan Davies and Michael Dunn realised they had outgrown their original premises in Gateshead. For such an innovative and inspiring business, location was a key factor when deciding where to relocate. It was important for the creative minds at Gospelware to find a balance between a blank canvas they could put their own unique stamp on and having an office space with character and charm. With its rich heritage and plethora of period features, Adamson House ticked all of the right boxes. Sitting four storeys high, one of the most intriguing features of their new office space is without doubt the panoramic view of the city’s skyline. Perfect for people watching in the hustle and bustle below, “there’s something different to see from every window, each one framing an assortment of old chimneys, roof terraces and turrets” adds Gospelware’s Marketing and Communications Assistant Claudia Thompson. Adamson House’s enviable location in the cool, urban business quarter of Pink Lane is further enhanced by the superb transport links which staff and clients alike take advantage of, not to mention the number of after-hours meetings that take place on the nearby Forth Hotel’s roof terrace.
Having moved into their new office in January this year, Gospelware are looking forward to putting their own stamp on the place – from giant beanbags and a hammock in the main open-plan ‘hub’, to kitting out the charmingly nicknamed “Design cave” – the benefit of moving into what is essentially a blank canvas has certainly brought the team closer as they make plans to decorate the new Gospelware office. The emerging trend of “BYOD” (bring your own device) is more applicable than ever to the Gospelware team as they can unplug themselves from the traditional, 9-5 desk job to answering emails on their smartphones as the kettle boils in the modern kitchen space, to brainstorming in the hammock with their laptop on their knee. As required, their new premises have the potential to improve productivity and efficiency whilst befitting the forward-thinking ethos of Gospelware. As co-founder Michael explains, <span”” color:=”” new=”” times=””>“Our move into Adamson House is a perfect step up for us a company, it’s a place where we can grow, and is a real statement space. It leaves an impression on clients and everyone who visits us. It reflects our brand, both in space and location – Pink Lane is a cool area, and a good fit for a business like ours, it gives off a fresh energy for us. It’s not just great for Ryan and me, everyone is really happy here, we’ve got a great working environment”.
Taking on bigger premises is always a risk for any business, especially for a young SME, but as specialists in creating apps, mobile technology, software development and design, Gospelware founders Michael and Ryan look forward to developing the business in their new home, working with experts in healthcare and education and giving back to the community. The duo already work hard to put code and digital skills into the curriculum through the Sunderland Software City scheme, alongside promoting digital skills in the North East and offering enthusiastic creative minds a “foot in the door” with work experience and intern opportunities at Gospelware. With staff morale higher than ever and an exciting new space to spread out and settle into, it’s clear we can expect great things from Gospelware in the coming months as they continue to inspire the digital community on their doorstep and beyond and help shape the future of technology to change our lives for the better.