Hi-tech firm quits town

A HI-TECH Hartlepool firm has quit town to relocate to Tyneside.

Qurios, which was formed seven years ago, has left Church Street for a new life in Westgate Road, in Newcastle.

Managing Director Niel Bushnell said the decision to switch had been taking "with mixed feelings".

He explained: "We've had some great support from the town, especially from the local business network and the council who have always been there for us. We also want to thank our landlords Atkinson Print for making us feel very welcome."

Qurios had been based in Hartlepool's Church Street since its formation in the spring of 2002. During that time it moved into larger premises to accommodate its growing client base.

Niel added: "With many of Qurios' existing clients already in Newcastle the move makes a lot of sense. It is now easier for our clients to drop in and review work.

"Having an office in London and now one in Newcastle is going to help us to reach a wide number of new clients.

"We're very excited about the future prospects and the new opportunities available to us."

Qurios has enjoyed a string of good news boosts recently, and has just opened a new office in Great Portland Street in London.

The company was started eight years ago by father-of-two Niel, 38, when he and his wife Diane, 37, ploughed 12,000 of their own savings into a business which started off in an office with just a computer and a laptop.

It now has an eight-strong workforce and clients all over the country.

Niel, the father of 10-year-old Sarah and seven-year-old Megan, has a background in animation.

After leaving college, he trained in London and worked on numerous television and film projects, including Space Jam and Lost in Space.