BCI Digital has become the first privately-owned company to move into Portsmouth’s civic offices.
One wing of the building is being let out to established companies and start-ups as part of the city council’s strategy to boost local business and to work more efficiently.
BCi Digital, a high-tech digital media firm, has relocated to new premises in the Brunel wing of the building.
The new 3,000 sq ft office space on the first floor will give BCi the freedom to expand and fulfil their plans to create a digital media hub in the heart of the city.
John Bartlett, director of BCi Digital, said: ‘We are going to develop the space as a state-of-the-art media operations centre.
‘We will be working with local media stakeholders to create a 21st-century digital media facility.
‘The digital media hub will allow us to collect and manage huge amounts of data – from TV, websites, social media and other sources – to provide a wide range of cutting-edge services, like market intelligence and media evaluation.
‘At the same time, we’ll be able to develop new services for Portsmouth, like a local TV station.
‘The new digital media hub will include over £500,000 worth of new equipment and should mean new hi-tech jobs for Portsmouth.
‘We are investing in the future of technology. Such a central location is the very best place in the city we could be.’
Kathy Wadsworth, the council’s director of regeneration, added: ‘We’re using our office space more effectively, through measures like home-working and desk-sharing, as well as mobile working, which our customers want.
‘Space we no longer need can be used to bring in valuable income, and to help local businesses, including start-ups. We want to create an attractive, modern space that will bring them in.
‘BCi is an innovative company of the kind we wanted to attract. They will help create an exciting, creative business hub.’
BCi Digital was founded in 1997 by John Bartlett and Mark Hooper.
As reported, the city council said the office space scheme would save the authority money and reduce the need for cuts elsewhere.