A PUBLISHING and events management company has relocated its head offices to Hexham.

Reconnaissance International (RI) said they have moved their offices from Sunbury, just outside of London, in order to "streamline and accommodate the changing needs of the business, its staff and worldwide base of customers".

RI are providers of specialist business intelligence, providing industry insight, information and analysis via their news platforms, events and services.

The company said their new location, at Beaufront Business Park, was considered the "perfect choice" for members of the team who already live in Northumberland.

Other key factors in RI's decision to relocate included the cost savings, the quality of local services and people, and the transport links, RI said.

They added their policy is "to recruit locally wherever possible" moving forward.

RI has staff in Europe and South Africa with representatives in China, India and Latin America.

RI's CEO, Astrid Mitchell, said: "Our offices in Sunbury have served us well for a number of years but with the impact of Covid-19 and working from home, it became apparent that our organisational structure could be much more flexible.

"Over the past 18 months, we moved to a digital model of delivery for our publications and have been providing support with online events as the effects of Covid-19 on international travel continue.

"We see this as a way to support our industry in navigating the new business landscape created by the pandemic and keeping everyone up to date on current activities."

Samantha Burns, Director of Business Development at RI, added: "Throughout the pandemic we have also continued to invest in people, and moving forward as things become normal we expect to recruit from within the region.

"RI plans are to further support the career development of local people over the next year as in-person physical events become the norm again and we can start rebuilding that side of our business, whilst continuing to develop our activities in publishing and consultancy."