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It's full throttle ahead for a Solihull boutique technology business that has landed in new premises after three years of rapid growth - which shows no signs of abating.

Tactile Technology's office move from No.6 to No.4 at The Courtyard, Warwick Road, may have been short - 100m to be exact. But the 100 percent increase in floor space underlines both the strides the company has been making and its exciting future plans - including the creation of three new jobs.

Tactile technology, which delivers innovative and disruptive technologies for virtual infrastructure and wide area networks across the UK, is soaring to new heights under CEO and former RAF man Lee Cassidy.

The Mayor and Mayoress of Solihull, Councillor Mike Robinson and wife Jenny, joined lee and his nine-strong team at No.4 to celebrate the opening.

The new office features a boardroom and, crucially, room to accommodate the additions of two new salespeople and pre-sales technical person by next Spring.

"Solihull has been Tactile Technology's home for ten years and continues to be a great place to work and live," said lee, a former flight simulator engineer.

"It was nice to celebrate a little bit of success with the Mayor and the other local business and we want people to know we're continuing to grow.

"The majority of our growth has come in the last three or four years and we got to the point at No.6 where there was no space left for any more staff. We needed somewhere bigger and this facility is perfect for us. Over time, we will be able to accomodate up to six more staff."

Tactile Technology's expansion has been aided by the Goldman Sachs 10,000 programme, a global initiative that provides training and support for small businesses.

UK-wide customers include the University of Derby, Palmer's College, Thales UK: Defence, SunGard, BRE, JB Leitch and Hill Hofstetter.

The company also implemented the unique five-system technology that runs Genting's casino and hotel at resorts World Birmingham.

"We've got big plans for the next three years - they're quite aggressive but achievable - and we're looking to increase our revenue to £2 million for this next fiscal year," added Lee.

"We've already done just over £400,000 in our first quarter. Two years ago, that was all we were turning over. But to continue this growth, we need more people."

Melanie Palmer, Director of Solihull BID, said: "Tactile Technology is a real local success story. With further growth plans and the creation of three new jobs, these are exciting times for Lee and his team."