UK-based patient recruitment and clinical trial management business Synexus has doubled capacity at its head office in Chorley, Manchester to accommodate continued strong growth in its home country as well as Central and Eastern Europe, India and South Africa.

The company now employs a staff of around 60 at its UK headquarters, which Synexus has upgraded by taking over an adjacent building and completely revamping its existing offices. Part of that process involved installing a state-of-the-art Cognos information technology system, developed in partnership with IBM.

According to Synexus, the new IT system should deliver significant benefits to its clients “right across the clinical study lifecycle”.

The company managed a 60% increase in turnover for 2008 and is forecasting a similar gain this year. In the last few months Synexus has been particularly active on the international front, opening a regional office in Hungary, a new research centre in South Africa and a clinical trial site at a hospital in Bulgaria.

“We are in the enviable position of continuing to enjoy robust growth during what for many are tough times,” commented chief executive officer Michael Fort.

“The increased capacity at our head office will support our growth and ensure we remain efficient,” he added. “It’s important to make sure our teams at head office are working in the right environment and also that we have room to grow – the re-vamped and extended offices do just that.”