“We set up Intelect in a small one-room office above the local radio station in Middlesbrough. We worked 12-hour shifts, and then spent our evenings trying to get to grips with all other aspects of running a company. I was an electrician by trade and the whole thing was a baptism of fire,” said John.
Overcoming the many challenges of starting a new business, Intelect went from strength to strength in just a few years, investing in its staff, infrastructure and capabilities as it responded to the needs of a growing client list which now includes PEPSICO, KP Snacks, Nestle, Tetley, McCain, United Biscuits, and Northumbrian Water to name a few.
In 2010, a long-held ambition was realised when the company bought and regenerated a three-acre plot at Riverside Park in Middlesbrough. Intelect Court now comprises four buildings, housing 137 of the company’s 250 employees, with plans to expand even more with apprentices contributing to that growth.