Plan B growth plans out­lined

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

Plan B has mil­lions of dol­lars worth of plans in Tawa.

The busi­ness con­ti­nu­ity specialist, which pro­vides back-up data stor­age for bank­ing, in­sur­ance and other businesses, has been based in Main Rd, Tawa, since 2009.

The com­pany was founded in Auck­land in 1999 and has ex­panded to Hamil­ton, Welling­ton and Christchurch.

The Plan B build­ing’s top floor in Tawa was jointly owned with an­other firm but re­cently the com­pany has taken over the en­tire space, plus additional room on the ground floor.

Last week, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Ian For­rester an­nounced the com­pany would ex­pand its site by 1000sqm and would build a new data cen­tre in Auck­land.

The two projects will cost $ 30m and fol­low Plan B’s re­cent ac­qui­si­tion of cloud backup provider Dis­as­ter Re­cov­ery Group.

‘‘ We will open a cus­tombuilt data cen­tre and busi­ness re­cov­ery cen­tre in Tawa,’’ For­rester said. ‘‘We’re gut­ting and re­build­ing from scratch.

‘‘We’re not try­ing to com­pete with the big boys, like Dat­a­com or Gen-i, but like to think we’re de­vel­op­ing a niche. We want to be a good Kiwi suc­cess story.’’

The rea­son Tawa was cho­sen, For­rester said, was its prox­im­ity to Welling­ton and geotech­ni­cal ad­vice showed the build­ing was con­structed on solid bedrock.

Up to 30 em­ploy­ees could be housed in the Tawa of­fice and For­rester also pre­dicted pos­i­tive off­shoots for the lo­cal econ­omy if they went through the ex­pan­sion, due to be com­pleted in Au­gust.

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