THE new home of a cyber security firm in Cradley was officially opened by James Morris MP.

The Halesowen and Rowley Regis MP unveiled Advent IM Ltd's new premises at Cradley Enterprise Centre following the company’s move from their original site in Coombeswood.

The MP heard from Managing Director Mike Gillespie and Operations Director Julia McCarron about how the firm has adapted their business practices in response to the Covid 19 pandemic.

As part of the visit James toured other businesses on Cradley Enterprise Centre, which offers storage units and working space aimed at start-up companies, and is home to 180 firms.

James visited distributors of toys, gemstones and wedding goods, as well as engineering and photography businesses as part of his tour.

Speaking after the visit, James said: "It’s always great to hear about local businesses doing well, especially given how challenging the climate has been for so many during the pandemic. I was honoured to be able to open Advent IM’s new premises and I hope they will continue to go from strength to strength.

"I also enjoyed my tour of the Enterprise Centre and it was fascinating to meet so many local entrepreneurs, including many young entrepreneurs, who’ve taken their first steps in putting their ideas into reality. Before becoming an MP I ran a small business myself and I know that they are the backbone of our economy, but I also know how hard these entrepreneurs have had to work to get their businesses going."

Julia McCarron, Advent IM Operations Director, said: “We have had the pleasure of engaging with James for many years as a business, so Mike and I were delighted that he was able to officially open our new office and for the opportunity to chat in person again, particularly about how the pandemic affected our business, from the initial uncertainty to the unexpected growth we have encountered."