Online beauty business The Hut Group has signed for the 16,000 sq ft tenth floor of the Orange tower at MediaCityUK, taking the building to 100% occupancy.
THG is amid a period of rapid growth, making strategic acquisitions and investing in the company’s infrastructure. In May the business agreed terms on 51,000 sq ft of office space across the Voyager and 4M buildings at Airport City, and is believed to have long-term plans for a campus headquarters of up to 250,000 sq ft at the same scheme.
The MediaCity deal will allow THG to take on an additional 200 staff within its technology team, starting from next month. Place North West understands that the business specifically wanted a base in MediaCity to appeal to the highest quality employees, and that it will invest heavily in the workspace – much like AO.com’s letting of space at Riverside for its tech and marketing functions last year.
Matthew Moulding, chief executive of The Hut Group, said: “We are delighted to establish this additional base for The Hut Group in the North. The space and facilities at Orange are ideal for our expanding technology team. The concentration of highly creative and innovative businesses working in MediaCityUK, together with the lively business community, means we can tap into the talent pool there.”
The group now employs colleagues representing 66 nationalities in offices located in 11 cities in the UK, US, Europe and Australia. The group doubled its workforce in 2017, to more than 4,000, and expects to create an additional 2,000 jobs in 2018.
Stephen Wild, managing director for MediaCityUK, said: “The Hut Group is one of the most dynamic e-commerce operators who work at the cutting edge of FMCG retailing in the UK and we’re delighted that they have earmarked MediaCityUK to base their research and development function.
“Their neighbours will include international brands such as Ericsson, Kelloggs and ITV and their commitment to the site means that Orange is now fully let. They are exactly the kind of business we wanted to attract to this premium office space.”
THG was represented by OBI. The firm’s Richard Lace said: “MediaCityUK is home to a thriving community of digital, media and creative businesses and will provide THG with the ideal workspace and amenities for them to develop and grow their team and continue to attract best in class talent.”
CBRE represented MediaCityUK.