CO2Sense looks to expansion after move to city’s ‘technological and creative’ hub

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A COMPANY that helps businesses to cut costs by reducing their carbon emissions has relocated to new offices.

Not-for-profit firm CO2Sense, which was founded in 2007, has moved from Yorkshire Forward’s former headquarters at Victoria Place in Leeds to Marshall’s Mill in Holbeck Urban Village.

The company, which was forced to move after the outgoing regional development agency’s offices were put up for sale, has signed a 10-year lease with investor Igloo.

It has moved its 40 staff into 6,200 sq ft of ground floor space in a deal secured by Creative Space Management, one of Marshall’s Mill’s lettings agents and managers of the Round Foundry Media Centre/estate. The move will also allow the company to expand further.

CO2Sense provides expertise and funding to enable businesses to grow and is currently working to enable the development of a carbon capture and storage network in the Yorkshire region which could attract billions of pounds of inward investment and help support around 55,000 jobs in sectors such as engineering, manufacturing and project management.

CO2Sense grew out of Yorkshire Forward, which set up the company to help businesses to grow and to cut carbon emissions in the region.

Rick Hamilton, director of CO2Sense, said: “The move to Marshall’s Mill is a welcome return for us to the Round Foundry area of Leeds, as we were based here briefly in the early days.

He added: “As the environmental sustainability sectors grow, we too need space for expansion which is one of the benefits of relocating to Marshall’s Mill. It is important for our business that we are at the centre of the technological and creative hub in the city, and there is something very special about working in a modern company in a location that historically was at the forefront of industrial innovation.”

Meanwhile, seven companies have signed up to move into the historic Tower Works site, a former steel pin factory which is being turned into a small business centre.

The 18,000 sq ft centre, which is based opposite the Round Foundry and Marshall’s Mill in Holbeck Urban Village, is designed for growing companies employing up to 30 people.

New tenants include commercial photographer Tracey Welch, cloud technology service Brightbox, Landscape architecture firm Re-Form Landscape, branding and packaging designers Roberts Food, NW Architects, IT support company Olympic Support, and technology events firm Hodgetastic.

Paul Taylor, of agent Creative Space Management, said: “The response so far has exceeded our expectations in some tough market conditions and we’re pleased that so many tenants will be moving into the development as soon as it opens in May.”