Newport welcomes Admiral as staff move into new offices

South Wales Argus: Admiral boss Henry Engelhardt at Admiral House in Newport Admiral boss Henry Engelhardt at Admiral House in Newport

Businesses in Newport city centre have welcomed the 450 Admiral staff who started work in the insurance company's new offices in Queensway yesterday.

A spokesman for Admiral said: "Local businesses are offering a range of great benefits to our staff. These include percentage discounts in bars and restaurants, money off haircuts at hairdressers, and free fairy cakes with every purchase in a bakery. It’s fantastic that they’re welcoming our staff into the city centre with such open arms."

The staff, who had been based at Langstone Business Park on the edge of the city since October 2008, are now housed in the specially built six-storey, 80,800 sq ft office block on Queensway, directly opposite Newport railway station.

Admiral Group CEO, Henry Engelhardt and COO, David Stevens were on hand to greet staff as they arrived for their first working day in the office.

Henry Engelhardt said: “It’s very exciting to move into our new offices in Newport city centre. The building itself looks fantastic and the location couldn’t be better. I’m sure our staff will be taking advantage of the local amenities and will be very happy working here.”

The new office’s proximity to Newport train and bus stations means getting to work will be easier for many staff, and more than 50 businesses in Newport city centre have contacted Admiral to offer discounts and special offers to its employees.

Rebecca Dymond, operations manager, said: “We’re all very excited about moving into to our new building. It looks fantastic and having such a lovely working environment will make our employees even happier in work. Being situated in the city centre not only provides easy access to shops, bars and restaurants for current staff, but will also make Admiral more appealing for future candidates especially given the train station is just a stone’s throw away. “

William Jones, claims liability, who lives in the Handpost area of Newport, said: “It’s really exciting to be situated in the centre of Newport and it’s a great opportunity to be working within the rapidly developing city centre. I will be able to walk to work as well which is going to be a great benefit financially, I won’t have to worry about parking and it will be great for my fitness too. The new building will be much more convenient for day-to-day things too and it will be great to be able to go to the bank or Post Office in my lunch break, plus I’m sure my colleagues and I will enjoy some drinks after work and with lots of bars and restaurants offering us discounts, we will have lots of choice.”

Ian Alderson, FROB, who lives near Caerphilly, said: "I can't wait to get into the new building. Not only will we be close to shops and restaurants for lunch breaks, but when I leave at night, I will be able to predict how long it takes to get to my son's school to collect him, instead of the daily lottery of travel through the Brynglas Tunnels. Hello relaxation and predictable journey times, goodbye stress, frustration and angry teachers.”

Admiral Group head of property and facilities management Huw Llewellyn said: “After three years of planning, re-planning and hard work from our internal teams, Newport Council, Scarborough and SDC, we’re delighted to have moved into our new offices.”

Admiral Group currently employs more than 5,000 staff in south Wales; 2,660 in Cardiff, 1,900 in Swansea and 450 in Newport. More than 80 staff currently working in Cardiff will be relocating to Newport city centre in September 2014.

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10:05am Tue 3 Jun 14

Mervyn James says...

A great example of how things should be done in Newport, built on time, operational and looking good too, good luck to Admiral....
A great example of how things should be done in Newport, built on time, operational and looking good too, good luck to Admiral.... Mervyn James
  • Score: 24

1:07pm Tue 3 Jun 14

Port0214 says...

This is where the bus station should have been, I don't want to rain on anyone's parade but have a tap around on your keyboard and se how much they pay.
This is where the bus station should have been, I don't want to rain on anyone's parade but have a tap around on your keyboard and se how much they pay. Port0214
  • Score: 7

6:25pm Tue 3 Jun 14

Thomas O'Malley says...

Port0214 wrote:
This is where the bus station should have been, I don't want to rain on anyone's parade but have a tap around on your keyboard and se how much they pay.
I agree this would have been an ideal location for the bus station. However, big employers are essential in a city centre to create demand for retail and non-retail business and leisure facilities. People are keen to work for Admiral, a successful and growing business. Overall very good news.
[quote][p][bold]Port0214[/bold] wrote: This is where the bus station should have been, I don't want to rain on anyone's parade but have a tap around on your keyboard and se how much they pay.[/p][/quote]I agree this would have been an ideal location for the bus station. However, big employers are essential in a city centre to create demand for retail and non-retail business and leisure facilities. People are keen to work for Admiral, a successful and growing business. Overall very good news. Thomas O'Malley
  • Score: 21

9:12pm Tue 3 Jun 14

Foxyboy3rd says...

Let's be honest any footfall in town is welcome and much needed.
Let's be honest any footfall in town is welcome and much needed. Foxyboy3rd
  • Score: 14

11:44pm Tue 3 Jun 14

gingertom says...

Admiral has a great reputation as an employer so this is great news.
Admiral has a great reputation as an employer so this is great news. gingertom
  • Score: 10

7:20am Wed 4 Jun 14

inkyskin says...

onwards and upwards Newport!
onwards and upwards Newport! inkyskin
  • Score: 8

9:06am Wed 4 Jun 14

Mervyn James says...

Next up get rid of these pound/charity/loan/b
etting shops and let people see Newport is more than chav central and benefit City.
Next up get rid of these pound/charity/loan/b etting shops and let people see Newport is more than chav central and benefit City. Mervyn James
  • Score: 2

12:14pm Wed 4 Jun 14

Lliswerry Man says...

Mervyn James wrote:
Next up get rid of these pound/charity/loan/b

etting shops and let people see Newport is more than chav central and benefit City.
So Merv, these Chav's as you so kindly refer to them as, and benefit city, just created themselves/ itself did it?

Had nothing to do with lack of jobs, proper training and skills, and the downturn in manufacturing jobs within Wales or the global economy crash led by Bankers and Financial Institutions then?

No, lets just follow Merv into damning those less fortunate...... its the easy option for small minded people.

Its easy to sit on your armchair and be a critic of something you barely understand....... or deal with on a daily basis. Never mind Merv, you can live forever in your dream world, whilst others struggle to get by, don't forget some of the biggest Benefit fraudsters are the companies who employ staff at "minimum wage" which then force them to need "Government handouts, such as Housing Benefit or Working Tax Benefits".... if we lived in your ideal world this would not happen, so why is it happening?..... stop seeing things through rose tinted spectacles.
[quote][p][bold]Mervyn James[/bold] wrote: Next up get rid of these pound/charity/loan/b etting shops and let people see Newport is more than chav central and benefit City.[/p][/quote]So Merv, these Chav's as you so kindly refer to them as, and benefit city, just created themselves/ itself did it? Had nothing to do with lack of jobs, proper training and skills, and the downturn in manufacturing jobs within Wales or the global economy crash led by Bankers and Financial Institutions then? No, lets just follow Merv into damning those less fortunate...... its the easy option for small minded people. Its easy to sit on your armchair and be a critic of something you barely understand....... or deal with on a daily basis. Never mind Merv, you can live forever in your dream world, whilst others struggle to get by, don't forget some of the biggest Benefit fraudsters are the companies who employ staff at "minimum wage" which then force them to need "Government handouts, such as Housing Benefit or Working Tax Benefits".... if we lived in your ideal world this would not happen, so why is it happening?..... stop seeing things through rose tinted spectacles. Lliswerry Man
  • Score: 1

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