ROQ reveals new test lab and rebrands

By ROQ

14 Jul 2016

ROQ, the leading strategic software testing solutions provider, has moved to its brand new, purpose built 150-seat Test Lab in Euxton, Chorley, in line with the company’s plan to double in size over the next two years.

The company has also announced its name has changed to ROQ, to reflect its focus on enabling businesses to flourish in the digital era.

It has also launched its new website, www.roq.co.uk

ROQ was established in 2009 by software industry experts Stephen Johnson and Mark Bargh and moved from its original location in Preston to new premises in Euxton in 2013.

Following a steady and sustained period of growth, ROQ relocated to brand new headquarters in Assurance House, in June 2016. The offices, in Chorley Business and Technology Centre, house a state-of-the-art 150-seater Test Lab, a unique facility in the region.

The offices were officially opened on Thursday 30 June 2016, during a ceremony attended by James Wharton MP Minister for Local Growth & Northern Powerhouse, and Councillor Alistair Bradley, leader of Chorley Council.

The event was an opportunity for colleagues to celebrate ROQ’s success and it marked a milestone in the company’s history.

Co-founder and director of ROQ, Stephen Johnson, said: “Moving into our brand new headquarters is a pivotal moment in ROQ’s history. It not only reflects just how far we’ve come, but where we are going. Our ability to deliver projects to clients all around the world from this central location means we can fulfil our ambitious growth plans for years to come.

“We’re very proud to continue to support Chorley and we have an unparalleled talent pool right on our doorstep. As a company, we set our sights high and enable our colleagues to share in our success whilst being happy at work.”

Co-founder and director of ROQ, Mark Bargh, said: “We’re in a fast-paced industry and are proud to be leaders in the sector, investing in talent and developing trusted relationships with our clients. Here at ROQ we focus on our people, as we believe that developing a happy, content team means that we can continue to meet not only our business objectives, but personal goals too. We’re known as something of a ‘David’ in an industry of ‘Goliaths’, as we may be smaller in size than many of our competitors, but our impact is undeniably greater.”

Northern Powerhouse minister, James Wharton, said: “This Government is committed to rebalancing the economy through creating a Northern Powerhouse. Today I have seen for myself the entrepreneurial spirit of the area and the important work being done by business leaders to create jobs in Chorley and across Lancashire.

“I am delighted to open ROQ’s new headquarters and wish it well as it eyes further expansion and growth – the foundations the Northern Powerhouse is being built upon.”  

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