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Global IT maintenance firm moves Derby operations out of the city

Following the appointments of 36 people over the past year and 29 over the Covid-19 pandemic, Velez managed services - a global IT maintenance firm - hasn't let Covid-19 slow business growth. Having recruited new employees in multiple countries, and still expanding, the company has taken the world’s current situation into consideration and decided to move to larger offices.

Over the past year the world has become accustomed to social distancing, working from home and wearing masks to stay safe. Due to its rapid rise in employees, Velez has taken all these measures into consideration to ensure its new and existing employees have a safe work environment. This led to the Velez Derby team moving into a new, larger office, just outside of Derby. 

This six-figure investment will allow employees at Velez to social distance while in the workplace, however the company has given their employees the option to work at home if they wish.

Safety measures such as hand sanitisers, desks spaced two metres apart and sitting one to two metres apart in meeting rooms have been put into place by CEO Sean Price to ensure the employees working in the office during the pandemic aren't at risk. In addition, only one person is allowed into the toilets or kitchen at one time, as well as the office being regularly cleaned, including sanitising desks- which cannot be shared.

After the pandemic, the office will have pool tables and other features for employees on their lunch breaks. However, for now the office consists of eating areas separate to the workspaces, large desks with multiple computer screens, multiple meeting areas and rooms, projectors and televisions and personalised wall decorations such as Velez football shirts and a geometric wall, designed by the employees.

As a global IT maintenance firm, it is essential Velez have a secure location for its parts. This multi- year deal also includes a warehouse for parts and spares on-site, a decision made by CEO Sean Price when moving to a larger space.

Sean added: "This investment is a great opportunity for Velez to expand further in the future, which is one of our goals for 2021."