Firm’s move to new Fareham office proves to be a big hit

GOOD MOVE Lester Biddle, the regional operations manager for HIT, pictured at the front with agent Harnish Patel of Hughes Ellard, and HIT staff on the left
GOOD MOVE Lester Biddle, the regional operations manager for HIT, pictured at the front with agent Harnish Patel of Hughes Ellard, and HIT staff on the left
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A NATIONAL training provider is proving it’s a big hitter by bringing all its operations under one roof in order to grow.

The Hospitality Industry Training company, known as HIT, which provides catering and hospitality training and apprenticeships, previously had six satellite offices spread across Fareham, Segensworth and Whiteley.

Now all of its regional functions related to statutory health, safety and food hygiene training, along with customer service and government-funded training, are centred in a Fareham office, which has also undergone a five-figure refit.

In a five-year lease deal through Fareham-based commercial property consultancy Hughes Ellard, HIT, which operates across England, moved 36 staff to Crofton House, Unit C, Fareham Heights, Standard Way.

The southern division of the national firm was established in 2006 and covers an area stretching from Kent to Dorset and up to Oxford.

It has generated £6m of HIT’s overall annual turnover of £28m, with 40 per cent local growth year-on-year.

Lester Biddle, regional operations manager for HIT, said: ‘The fact that we have committed to a five-year lease at Fareham Heights shows how serious we are about continuing to progress the business through our professional trainers and assessors.

‘Our role is to help companies in the hospitality industry grow their own business by up-skilling personnel, from porters to general managers, leading to increased productivity, reduced staff turnover, improved enthusiasm and morale and costs awareness.’

He added: ‘Hughes Ellard pulled out all the stops for us to find the right office, which had to be near the M27 for convenience.

‘We are already benefitting from increased efficiencies by having all our teams under the one roof.’

According to an industry report by Oxford Economics, Britain’s £90bn hospitality sector accounts for 2.44 million jobs – one in 13 of total jobs.

Lease details for HIT’s new 2,497sq ft ground floor offices were not disclosed.