Sam Moody, CEO of oil exploration company Rockhopper, interviewed in the Sunday Times Business section, has extolled the virtues of rural offices by choosing to place the headquarters of his Company in the Wiltshire countryside. With a current value of £565m and rising all the time, you would expect a high rise, glass block in Canary Wharf. Not so. He has a 15 minute commute from his home to converted farm buildings outside Salisbury and saves a fortune on rents – keeping his shareholders happy.
Even though much of their oil exploration work operates in the Falklands and South Atlantic region, Moody sees no reason to move from Wiltshire as they can more than adequately coordinate their engineers and processes from their UK base. He certainly does not plan to relocate to Texas!
For more information on Rockhopper visit – www.rockhopperexploration.co.uk
Original article featured in Sunday Times 21 August 2011 – www.thesundaytimes.co.uk/business