Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Company Leads the Fight against Graffiti

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Company Leads the Fight against Graffiti

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INVESTMENTS from UK Steel Enterprise totalling pounds 90,000 are helping a Darlington company that is playing a leading role in the UK's fight against graffiti to expand and create jobs. Nordic Pioneer is already widely recognised for its anti-graffiti products but the rapidly rising demand for its expertise and range of training courses has secured the company contracts worth pounds 1m over the next 12 months.

Backing from UKSE, the Corus subsidiary that supports growing businesses in steel areas, has enabled Nordic Pioneer to exploit the huge potential in the current training market. The company expects to train more than 3,000 people across the UK during the year. Its workforce has already expanded from 10 to 27 and is expected to reach more than 50 by next April.

As a City and Guilds approved centre, it offers specialist training including an NVQ in cleaning and support services, health and safety, leadership and management and a course on graffiti removal developed by the company itself.

Operations director, Diane Shakespeare, said: "The investments and support from UKSE have been invaluable and helped us to take advantage of the demand that comes on the back of the government's training initiative and funding. The cleaning industry is not renowned for its training so it is particularly rewarding for us to be working with and championing people who do such a vital job."

The expansion in training is going hand in hand with the continuing development of Nordic Pioneer's environmentally friendly products that range from handy Wipe Out kits to fully equipped graffiti removal vans.

The company works with local authorities, housing associations, schools, hospitals, transport companies, utilities and environmental charities and clients include British Waterways, Railtrack, BT and Virgin.

Simon Hamilton, regional manager of UK Steel Enterprise, said: "Nordic Pioneer has been quick to recognise the opportunity to develop the training side of its activities, put a growth plan in place and strengthen its management team. The company has excellent prospects for the future and we are happy to be supporting it. …

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