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The newly reopened ISS Stoke office is a ‘showroom for growth’

The revamped ISS office in Stoke, which is home to ISS’ Contact Centre and Security Operations Centre, has officially reopened.

The new office demonstrates the company’s long-term commitment to the area, with flexibility to accommodate a growing number of staff. A “showroom for growth”, ISS says its opening lays the groundwork for local job creation to build on its team of 30,000 Placemakers across the UK and Ireland.

ISS welcomed the Country Leadership Team to officially open the new office on 7 March following a full refurbishment in 2022.

The revitalised office is a showcase for sustainability in many forms. Energy efficiency was a priority, with smart energy and lighting, insulation and solar panels. All gas services have been replaced to reduce Scope 1 emissions, saving approximately 2250kg of carbon annually.

The design draws on ISS’ Scandinavian heritage, with warm natural design elements including wood and plants to helping create a sense of calm. The new design also brings the outside in, allowing people to enjoy the canal-side setting in a new pergola adjacent to the dining area.

The office is flexible, supporting different working and meeting styles. Wellbeing is a priority, with desks located closer to windows for natural light, and investment in food facilities.

As well as social sustainability through investing in the local economy and workforce, the project used local suppliers to deliver the improvements.

ISS UK & Ireland CEO, Liz Benison praised the office in the opening speech. She said: “It’s not just a building; it’s got a soul.”

Later, on LinkedIn Benison commented: “Why stop at levelling up when you can go beyond? So proud to officially open our newly renovated Stoke Office. A now beautiful workplace, with a real heart, Stoke is reimagined as our Operational Support Centre and a new home for our Security Operations Centre amongst other critical operational services.

“A long term investment in quality jobs in the Stoke area, and a manifestation of our belief that great workplaces inspire great work.

“A triumph by our capital projects and properties teams, and our workplace expertise.”

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