Scottsdale advertising and public relations firm, The James Agency, kicks off 2013 in a completely new environment.

Entering its ninth year of business, the firm returned to work after the holidays to a new address on Indian School Road just east of Hayden. Because of growing business needs, the new office space is twice the size of the previous one, giving employees some much needed elbowroom.

Contributing to the office expansion, as client needs and roster continue to grow, the James Agency plans to hire up to six employees in 2013.

“This is the third office space that The James Agency has called home since inception in 2005. Every move has been to accommodate our growing staff while ensuring that we maintain a comfortable and productive working environment,” Veronique James, president of The James Agency, said of the move.

“When we moved into our previous office, which was half the size of the new space, I was nervous that it was too big and actually sub-let one of the inner office spaces. Moving out in December of last year, our staff had grown so much that we utilized every square inch of that space. It was definitely … cozy. The new space fits us well and gives us the flexibility to expand as our business does.”

Entering the front door of the new office, two things stand out: an antique chandelier that was refinished by James in a soft blue that coordinates with the chosen color palette and a full wall imagery of a bicycle wheel.

According to James, the bicycle wheel resembles a team environment in that a wheel has many spokes providing strength and stability, without which, the wheel will not work. If you are paying close attention when walking through the space, you will notice another very small version of a bicycle transposed on a wall, giving again, a subtle nod to the team dynamic.

The new headquarters is more than 4,000 SF, boasting seven offices, a 1,000 SF creative bullpen and lounge, two conference rooms, a full kitchen, storage and restroom facilities. Pulling in design elements to make the new office as homey as possible, the color palette of a warm white base with soft blues and grays, gives an inviting feel.

Orange accent walls are pops of color and energy throughout. Workspaces, including a reception desk, seven graphic designer desks and a 9-foot by 5-foot, 10-person conference table, were custom-built by local artisan Andrew Seiferth. Their solid blonde wood contributes to the natural, relaxed atmosphere. The office is filled with modern shelving and organizational units creating overt clean lines.

The James Agency is an award winning brand development and public relations firm with 20 employees that specialize in lifestyle brands.

“The new space has given the entire staff an inspirational beginning to 2013. From conception, the look and feel of the new office has been to create a work environment that feels like home. I think we’ve accomplished that,” James said of the new energy. “From a stocked refrigerator to the creative lounge, the atmosphere is a home-away-from-home that will continue to inspire my talented team throughout the years ahead.”