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A Move in the Right Direction for Growing IT Firm


Oct 2, 2016

A NORTH East-headquartered IT solutions firm is celebrating expansion and settling into its new home thanks to the help of the commercial and corporate team at Gordon Brown Law Firm LLP (GBLF).

Opal has acquired a 2,500 sq ft office space within The Media Exchange in Newcastle’s Ouseburn area, having outgrown its former North East office on Leazes Park Road, under the expert guidance of GBLF solicitor Paul Crawley.

GBLF’s corporate and commercial team specialise in assisting businesses with all aspects of corporate and commercial property matters and in the last 12 months have worked with clients locally, nationally and globally on a wide variety of transactions.

Opal called on the help of GBLF after finding the perfect location to relocate its North East office. Starting life in 2008 as a team of 5, the firm which also has an office in Edinburgh, has grown to 14, and is set to increase this number as a result of the additional space its new office brings.

Specialising in providing IT solutions and support to businesses both in the UK and overseas, Opal’s new office space will also enhance its networking offering, aiding business development, as it plans to introduce monthly tech meetings for the region’s business community around how to deploy and manage Apple devices effectively.

Andrew Metcalfe, managing director at Opal, said: “I was recommended to GBLF by a friend and upon enquiry with the firm was put in touch with solicitor Paul Crawley who has been brilliant.

“The acquisition of our new office was a tricky process as there were a lot of parties involved, however Paul’s dedication to communicating between parties helped to push the sale through and really simplified the process for us.

“I’ve been so impressed with the service which I received that I’ve since used GBLF to assist with the sale of my own home and purchase of my new property, as well as additional legal matters within the business.”

GBLF’s Paul Crawley, said: “It’s great to see the Opal team settled into their new office at The Media Exchange. The Ouseburn area is proving to be a real hub for digital and creative businesses and I sincerely hope that Opal can thrive there.

“We always have our clients’ best interests in mind, aiming to deliver the highest level of service so it was fantastic to know that Andrew was so pleased with the service which he received that he wanted to use GBLF for other legal matters.”

For more information on Gordon Brown Law Firm call 0191 388 1778 or visit www.gblf.co.uk.

For more information on Opal call its Newcastle office on 0191 223 3011 or visit www.planetopal.co.uk.

By Emily