November 1, 2018
On March 13 2017, St James’ Square began trading. Over the space of 18 months it has grown at a rate which has surpassed even the partners’ highly ambitious targets. They outgrew the offices in Hoults Yard and in July 2018 moved to 5000 square feet of office space at Esh Plaza. With an expected turnover of £1.6 million by the end of the year, the firm outperformed the whole of 2017 in just the first quarter of this year.
And whilst it is all part of the plan, they are considerably ahead of where they expected to be in their first 18 months of business.
There is one person however who is not in the least bit surprised that St James’ Square is looking as strong as it is today. That person is the firm’s investor Brad Holbrook.
Brad Holbrook is a North East entrepreneur and has been involved in several successful companies, including Sage, Aldwark Manor Golf and Spa Hotel and DataForm, which he formed in 1985 and had a turnover of £40 million.
Brad decided to invest in St James’ Square following a chance conversation with Andrew Carser, Brad Holbrook and Paul Monaghan managing partner, Paul Monaghan. He believes that the firm is well and truly where it should be today. Brad explains: “Firstly I’m delighted that all of the hard work, long hours and planning from Paul, Andrew and the rest of the team is paying off. But what they have accomplished does not surprise me at all.
When we first discussed the concept of St James’ Square, I could see the passion, drive and expertise that lay behind it. Add to that the sheer hunger and determination from the team and that is why we have such a success story in the shape of St James’ Square. The future for them is very exciting indeed.”