Global web hosting provider PEER 1 Hosting has unveiled its brand new eco-friendly EMEA headquarters in Southampton, forming part of a regeneration project across its European offices in the UK and France. The new environment has been designed to realise the company’s commitment to powering human potential online and to strive for excellence. The office has been built with energy efficiency in mind, covering 17,000 sq. ft., built from a combination of modern, recycled and natural materials. It also marks a significant investment in the company and its staff, cementing its position as one of the most innovative internet companies in Europe.
EMEA MD Dominic Monkhouse believes investing in people is one of the most important decisions a company makes, and that it is essential that a company attracts not just the best, but the right staff:
“Our goal with the design of the new headquarters and EMEA offices was to make PEER 1 Hosting a place to work that inspires our staff and makes everyone that little bit more excited to turn up for work. We know that if individuals find the right job, in the right environment, with the right people, they will be more productive and want to contribute to the success of the company. This is the bedrock of the culture at PEER 1 Hosting, which is something we want to maintain and build on as we grow.
“The team here is the reason why PEER 1 Hosting is such a great company to be involved with. To this end, we’ve heavily included the staff during every step of the planning process for the new offices and we believe that the new headquarters is a true reflection of the investment that has been made in talent.”
PEER 1 Hosting is currently on a recruitment drive to attract the brightest talent to the new office as it positions itself as the most ‘human company on the internet’. With clients ranging from Shazam through to Debenhams and WordPress, it looks after some of the most exciting and creative companies on the internet, within a variety of sectors. With this in mind, PEER 1 Hosting prides itself on hiring the best talent to deliver the ultimate customer service.
With a variety of employee benefits on offer to maximise productivity, such as enabling staff to freely choose the location they wish to work from that best suits their needs, whether it is in London, Southampton or France, PEER 1 Hosting puts its employees at the forefront of its agenda. It also encourages collaboration between offices to ensure the best staff are attracted and retained across the company.
The new offices reinforce PEER 1 Hosting’s ability to provide the best service with a number of fun and creative features to inspire creativity and productivity amongst staff. Features include:
- A ‘helter-skelter’ slide from the first floor to reception
- A grass covered Amphitheatre
- Indoor garden with a three metre high tree, a tree house, swings suspended from the ceiling, a golf course and dart boards
- A cinema room equipped with its own popcorn maker
- A yoga area
- A canteen, coffee bar and themed lounge areas
Sarah O’Callaghan, Partner and Lead Designer, Space & Solutions, said: “We wanted to create a space where people love to be. We’re creating a fun, practical and multi-functional environment that will help PEER 1 Hosting continue its growth. The company’s success demonstrates the value of investing in the workplace – you always get the best from people when they are inspired by their surroundings.”
PEER 1 Hosting’s continued investment in its employees has been met with critical acclaim, as the company was recently named one of the Best UK Small Workplaces by the Great Place to Work Institute. The opening of the new office will only serve to help the company grow, attract and retain the best staff for the future.