East meets west as ideas firm sets up in hi-tech business park

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WEARSIDE’S hi-tech new business centre has welcomed its latest tenant.

The Washington Academy for Management of Technology (WAMOT), a new consultancy and training company specialising in executive education that brings together both Western and Eastern business practices and ideas, has moved into the Washington Business Centre near Nissan.

The company employs 14 people, with around a third permanently based in its new headquarters and others working in London and abroad.

Director Thorben Haenel said: “We provide executive training, education and consultancy with a focus on technology, innovation and ‘West meets East’ – integrating Western management theories with Eastern philosophy.”

WAMOT organises seminars, courses and training in the UK as well as working with clients overseas.

Washington Business Centre’s location, at the entrance to Turbine Business Park and boasting excellent access to the A19 and A1231, was a key factor in the decision to move in.

“It was ideal for us with its location close to Newcastle International Airport, the motorway and in general the triangle of Newcastle, Durham and Sunderland,” said Mr Haenel.

“It was the most appropriate package for us. There is an excellent infrastructure and good accessibility.

“It is a fantastic business centre.

“It is clear they want to refresh the business mentality in the North East and provide a platform for companies to establish and grow.”

Washington Business Centre was purpose-built for Sunderland City Council with support from the European Regional Development Fund.

Council deputy leader Councillor Harry Trueman said: “We are delighted to welcome WAMOT into Washington Business Centre.”