Sigma invests in Macclesfield

Leading user experience (UX) agency Sigma are to invest £250,000 in the renovation of its Macclesfield head office.

Sigma will upgrade its user research labs and workshopping facilities, creating a space for Sigma’s expanding team and its growing client portfolio – which includes AstraZeneca, BBC, NICE and Sport England. The business is on track for continued growth to a turnover of £4 million next year across its 45 strong team.

Spearheaded by award-winning interior design experts the Sheila Bird Group, the project is set to overhaul Sigma’s office suite, which encompasses the entire lower floor of the Ropewalks building.

Many of the old office assets, (furniture, etc), have been donated to a number of charitable causes – including Macclesfield Night Shelter and Andy Burnham’s “A Bed Every Night” campaign which both tackle homelessness throughout the region.

Hilary Stephenson, founder and MD at Sigma, said: “The team at Sheila Bird Group have a track record of designing fantastic, inspirational office spaces for a number of leading digital and creative businesses across the North West. We’ve been a fan of their work for a long time now, so it was a natural choice for us to partner with them for this next stage in our journey.”

Hilary Stephenson

“We’re thrilled to re-affirm our commitment to Macclesfield, a town that many of us also call home. With this project, our aim is to create a revitalised office space that supports our growth plans for the coming years, while retaining the unique industrial character of the old cotton mill we’ve worked out of for so long.”

Atul Bansal, co-founder of the Sheila Bird Group, said: “When both Chris and I met Hilary we just knew we had to work with her. Her passion and drive were infectious, and as soon as Hilary started to explain her plans for the project we were delighted to be on board. Sigma were looking for an honest space which would allow staff to work exactly how they wanted in an environment that fit its needs, without any unnecessary trend-led gimmicks – a brief which suits us perfectly. We were of course delighted to say yes, and look forward to working with the team at Sigma to bring this exciting project to fruition.”

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