Black Country law firm George Green has advised the West Midlands branch of St John Ambulance on its expansion into new, bigger premises in Smethwick.
St John Ambulance’s move from unit 7A to unit 6B of Summit Crescent Industrial Estate will allow it to deal with increasing demand for its ambulances required for the commercial contracts it operates for a number of NHS establishments throughout the West Midlands.
Seven new jobs have been created in the move to the new premises, which will eventually accommodate 27 people working full-time and serve as a base for volunteers and an equipment store.
Ceri Mort, partner and head of commercial property at George Green, advised St John Ambulance on the end of its lease at unit 7A of 5880 sq ft and the taking of a new five-year lease on unit 6B, of 6800 sq ft at an annual rent of £30,250, from landlord Industrious.
She said: “It was a case of getting the timings exactly right, so the move from one premises to the other could be as smooth as possible.
Mel Fox, CEO of St John Ambulance, West Midlands, said: “The charity is thriving, but we are increasingly dependent on funding generated through our commercial activities, as donations have recently dropped off as a result of the recession. With its proximity to the motorway network, Summit Crescent is ideally placed for our operations, so I am delighted, thanks to George Green and Industrious, we have been able to secure bigger premises literally just up the road, where we can accommodate more people and equipment to provide an even better service.”
Established in 1897, George Green has ten partners and 75 staff, and is headquartered in Cradley Heath.