Kyocera Staff Proud and Emotional Over New Reading Headquarters

KYOCERA Document Solutions UK was based in Gillette Way for 25 years but the company has marked its silver anniversary with a move to prestigious refurbished offices in London Road.

Eldon Court was previously a drab government building which had sat empty for years but now it has been transformed into a modern head office for the thriving Japanese-owned company.

Yoshiaki Onishi, President of KYOCERA Europe and Jun Okumura, Managing Director of the UK, division unveiled a plaque to mark the official opening of the building on August 20.

HR Director Sandra Rogers said: “We had an open day the Friday before we moved in and we took small groups of people around.

“We found it so emotional because we were so proud of what we were showing.

“People hadn’t seen it before and to see their reaction at how pleased they were with what they were moving into was very moving.”

She added: “It was important to stay in Reading because we have such a good team of people and we didn’t want to jeopardise that.

“Also we work with the local community, such as Connect Reading who help us look for volunteering opportunities.”

The company, which was previously based in Beacontree Plaza, currently employs about 70 staff but there are desks for about 100 people.

This allows for future expansion with the company enjoying 77 per cent growth in the last three years.

One of the first features to greet visitors is the impressive central atrium which was designed by part-time member of staff Audrey Robinson who also runs her own garden design business.

The three-floor building boasts meeting rooms, a large customer demonstration area, training rooms, presentation suites and hot-desk facilities.

Sales director Graham Cox said the plush offices were good for business as well as for staff. He said: “When we deal with customers in the field we have a huge credibility but sometimes when we were at Beacontree Plaza I think our credibility must have gone down a notch.

“If someone is going to invest half-a-million pounds in a deal you need to get the right feel and this building will give us that.”

The search for a new property started in 2009 with the team, led by project manager Simon Essery, looking at the possibility of new build, move to Green Park and renovations.

Mr Cox said: “It was a huge learning curve because we have had Beacontree Plaza for 25 years and we had to set off into a world we hadn’t been before. It’s fair to say we chopped and changed our ideas but I think all in all the outcome is ideal.”

The company is also hoping to receive the BREEAM accreditation for being a sustainable ‘green’ building.

Mr Cox believes the new location will be good for the workforce.

He said: “The social aspect of work is really quite important as we try to get the best out of everybody and social occasions are much easier now we are so close to the town centre.”

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