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Antony Chesworth (Computer Science, 2001, Pendle) has recently had a purpose built £3.5m office in Fulwood, Preston
Antony is the CEO and founder of the Lancashire based ecommerce giant EKM.com. The award-winning software company has moved into its new 23,500 sq ft head office positioning it for significant growth. The new premises are a culmination of almost four years of designing, planning and construction and represent a £3.5m self-financed investment. The headquarters have been custom-built and include state-of-the-art office technology, an expansive kitchen, rest-and-relaxation area, training and presentation auditorium and a slide reaching three storeys. There’s also a floor with a gym and a fully-equipped auditorium to be used for training seminars which will be available for hire.
Marc McKeown, Head of Business Development, explained: “EKM has grown a lot in the last 18 months. We restructured our offering to introduce new service level tier so that both a small, new-start business and a million-pound operation can both receive the kind of support they need. Working online can be daunting for a lot of businesses, but they know they can ring us up and we’re their comfort blanket.” Marc added: “These new offices help show off what we’re about; that we’re a serious contender in the UK market. Our goal now is to keep growing, adding new features, to keep being the best we can be and to keep evolving.” EKM’s new home currently houses its 85 staff, who have relocated from smaller offices nearby. It has a total capacity for over 250.
“These are world-class facilities for our world-class team,” said EKM founder Antony Chesworth. “We’ve taken inspiration from Google and Facebook, because we want people to think of us in those terms. A key objective of the development was to make work enjoyable. If your team love what they do, they’ll keep doing it and get really good at it. We are attracting world class talent right here and a number of the EKM team are Lancaster graduates."