Manchester is growing for businesses. The law firm Access-Legal (Shoosmiths)  has signed up for additional office space for its Manchester branch.

This business has been present since 2009 with only 6 member of staff.

….The firm has seen its team grow to 64 and Manchester office head Harold Brako said Shoosmiths’ expansion would enable it to add a further 60….

Offices usually start small to grow.

It is a good sign when this situation happens.

The difference with catering is, that there is always an easy way to expand an office. A café needs more logistics to move the entire business: sign or equipments need to be conform and respect a certain setting & regulation (Health & Safety, for instance).

An office is just a wide space which requires sockets for computers and internet connections…the rest doesn’t really matter.

In the case of Shoosmiths it is a major improvement: the entire surface of the business will go from 10,000 sq ft to 15,000 sq ft.

There will be new employees – in fact specialists –  in order to cover employment, banking, insolvency, non-contentious commercial work and intellectual property as Access-Legal moves toward its goal of having a full-service operation in one premises.

…Shoosmiths’ latest arrivals are Lauren Lee, a debt recovery solicitor, who has joined from DLA Piper, and Kirsty O’Connor, a real estate specialist, who has moved from Laytons.

It has also promoted Karen Procter to senior associate in its corporate team, Neil Bradley to associate in its real estate division and Sean Adams to head of its mortgage shortfall recoveries arm. They featured among 46 promotions across Shoosmiths’ eight offices nationwide…

Last but not least, other deals are about specialist areas such as finance litigation, non-contentious asset finance, personal injury and wills, probate and domestic conveyancing under the Access Legal from Shoosmiths banner.

So, a lot of changes for a business in complete growth. For information, the Manchester team has sealed some great deals worth £110m in the past 2 months.