Bamboo Technology Group to move into Gloucestershire college campus offices

Gloucestershire College

Gloucestershire College will welcome Bamboo Technology Groupa leading IoT, connectivity, data, IT and cyber security company to its Cheltenham campus.

Bamboo is set to movinto 9,500 square feet of modern office space at the College’s Cheltenham Campus, close to GCHQ and the new cyber park development.

The move will double Bamboo’s current capacity in the town centre and place it on the doorstep of increasing new talent, skills and services, with the 60-strong team planning to join the campus in September, assuming it will re-open before then.

Work is currently being carried out to separate and transform the second-level offices and facilities to provide system configuration areas, tech hubs, client workshop space and more to diversify Bamboo’s working environmentaccommodating different teams and ways of working as the company continues to grow.

Andy Bates, Chief Financial Officer, said: We’re excited to strengthen our partnership with such a thrivingindustry-leading, local company, Bamboo Technology Group, particularly during this period of adjustment and uncertainty in business.

“With Cheltenham Campus forming part of the town’s growing reputation as the cyber capital of the UK, thanks to the recent launch of our cyber degree apprenticeship, it makes perfect sense for Bamboo to make the most of our location, facilities and services. 

“We look forward to welcoming the team, when it is safe to do so.”

Lorrin White, Managing Director of Bamboo Technology Group, addedThe team at Bamboo are looking forward to working collaboratively with Gloucestershire College. They have afforded us a wonderful opportunity to work with them in a technology hot spot that will nurture and educate a critical talent pool. 

“We will ensure our teams also take advantage of the cyber courses becoming available and hope to provide reciprocal education opportunities as our respective focus on technology, cyber and digital develops.” 

The College approached Bruton Knowles to create a commercial business model for surplus office space within its Cheltenham Campus, with a focus on securing interest from the technology and cyber businesses sector to complement the College’s educational programme. Dorian Wragg, Commercial Partner at Bruton Knowles, has headed up the project since 2017 and had already secured a number of high profile tenants, and identified that Bamboo Technology would be an ideal symbiotic partner that would foster a cross over between education and commercial excellence and provide the College with a conduit to the latest in data and communication technology. He was able to introduce Bamboo to the College, off market, and negotiated a new lease which completed in March 2020.

The Cheltenham Campus is currently home to the College’s professional services staff, student-run Number One Restaurant and Graduations hair and beauty salon, Cheltenham Fashion Academy and Tinies Nursery, with business management company CloudTamers, and aviation training service provider Global ATS, also benefitting from on-site office space.