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Tuesday, 06 December 2016
Cardiff-headquartered finance company MotoNovo Finance has this week began the move of over 400 head office staff into its new city centre office. 

The move into the first five floors of One Central Square, the first scheme of the newly-formed Cardiff Central Enterprise Zone, will see the premium eight-storey office block reach near full capacity.

MotoNovo’s expansion follows a period of sustained growth driven largely by its innovative culture and approach to managing and rewarding its staff.

The firm was announced this year as sixth in The Sunday Times ‘100 best companies to work for', and staff are regularly rewarded with incentives including employee MotorV8 cards, which are loaded with rewards to recognise milestone achievements, regular incentive trips across all levels of the organisation, and additional annual leave for birthdays.

With significant investment from parent company FirstRand Bank Ltd and further investment from the Welsh Government, MotoNovo has been able to realise plans for continued growth in the future.

With 888 desks installed across 71,500 sq ft of new office space, the project enables MotoNovo to embark upon the first phase of plans to majorly expand its workforce to over 1000 by 2020 – and the new HQ will further enhance its unique culture and provide an innovative home for its ever expanding workforce that supports a field sales team of around 100 across the UK.

The expansion will add around £18m in salaries alone to the Welsh economy, and provide a boost to Wales’ healthy financial and professional services sector, with new jobs being created in all areas of the business.

‘MotoNovians’ can now expect to enjoy views over the River Taff from the staff break-out area, which boasts a pool table, two racing car simulators, a working bar, and a large seated cafeteria — which the team recently voted should be named ‘One Central Perk’.

Meanwhile the working areas of the offices will benefit from state-of-the-art video conferencing suites, an intelligent meeting room booking system, and numerous quiet pods known as ‘cwtches’.

MotoNovo chief executive, Mark Standish, said: “MotoNovo Finance’s history is strongly rooted in Cardiff, having been born here as Carlyle Finance back in the 1970s.

“Since then, we’ve enjoyed sustained growth, both in volume and in reputation, and this achievement is a testament to what happens when a talented team come together in pursuit of inspirational and stretching goals.

“The new One Central Square offices provide our staff with a first class working environment, with the space and facilities to operate at maximum potential.

“We continually strive to create a culture in which people move up, not on, so being able to provide the team with offices they can be proud of is hugely significant.

“With this move complete, we are ready to concentrate on the next phase of our growth plans, and set about the task of increasing our workforce to the benefit of the Welsh economy as a whole.”

The building project, which was managed by office design specialists Morgan Lovell, saw 1,827 metres of pipework, 15,000 metres of electrical cable, and 1,604 penny washers installed at the site over the course of 18 weeks.

MotoNovo Finance One Central Square Project: in numbers
· 10: weeks spent planning the project
· 7,000: cups of tea drunk by the building team over the 18-week project
· 72”: the size of the plasma screen in the staff area
· 200: the capacity of MotoNovo’s chief meeting room, which features theatre-style seating and a 4m wide presentation screen
· 2: the number of on-site libraries open to staff
· 4,000: the number of postage items expected to run through the new office postroom each day

Economy and Infrastructure Secretary, Ken Skates welcomed the move. He said: “MotoNovo’s expansion is another strong vote of confidence in Wales and the support it can offer companies looking to grow their businesses.

“Their move into the city centre is yet another demonstration of the vibrancy of the financial and professional services sector in the region which continues to go from strength to strength.”

Located adjacent to Cardiff Central Station, staff at the offices are also set to benefit from convenient city centre transport links, as well as the 1 million square foot of office, residential and retail space due to be built across the entire Central Square regeneration scheme.

Launching as Carlyle Finance in 1972 by Sir Julian Hodge, MotoNovo Finance rebranded to its current identity in 2012, following a period of sustained growth that managed to weather the 2008 financial crisis.

With profits of £63million over the last financial year, the company – which offers finance for cars, vans and motorbikes – is one of the most significant players of the Welsh business landscape.

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