By: 17 December 2019
Secerna expands into bigger York office

Intellectual property boutique Secerna has moved into a new office in York.

Secerna, which has offices in York and Newcastle, has moved its head office team of patent attorneys and support staff into a 3,000-square foot office at the newly completed Old Fire Station scheme on Clifford Street.

Jason Boakes is one of the firm’s founders and partners. He said “Secerna has been based in York since we launched in 2011. The city has given us a fantastic base for doing business with clients throughout the world, and we’re very excited to begin the next stage of our growth from such a landmark city centre building.”

“It’s great to see that so many of the building’s original characteristics have been retained in its redevelopment and blend seamlessly with the modern interior. It’s a superb space that suits our business perfectly.”

Secerna owner and partner Charlotte Watkins added: “As the firm continues to grow, these new, larger premises will give us the space we need to bring new people into the team and fulfil our growth ambitions. They will also make it easier for us to travel between our York and Newcastle offices and provide space for clients to visit.”

The Old Fire Station scheme is a joint venture between Helmsley Group, which offers commercial property syndication, development finance and property development and is the owner of the site, and fellow York-based property development business London Ebor. The £14.5 million scheme combines commercial space alongside 14 town houses and apartments.

Max Reeves, development director at Helmsley Group, said: “It is extremely pleasing to welcome Secerna as our primary commercial tenant and welcome additional workers into the city’s economy. The firm is expanding, and the space is being fitted out to the highest specifications to reflect its status.”

Pictured: Jason Boakes and Charlotte Watkins