Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

120 Jobs Set for Old Call Centre; Utilitywise Firm's Move Follows Rapid Growth

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

120 Jobs Set for Old Call Centre; Utilitywise Firm's Move Follows Rapid Growth

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Byline: IAIN LAING

AROUND 120 jobs are expected to be created at the former home of a failed North East call centre giant.

Utilitywise, which helps businesses manage electricity, gas and water costs and usage, has moved its 190-strong workforce from Jarrow into a five-storey, 40,400 sq ft Long Row building at Market Dock, South Shields.

The move follows a period of rapid growth at the firm, which started five-and-a-half years ago as a family-owned outfit with a handful of staff under its original name, Commercial Utility Brokers.

The company's workforce has grown more than tenfold over the last three years and the firm is on track to continue its expansion on the back of strong demand from businesses keen to fight back against soaring energy costs.

Operations director William Mclellan said the company is looking to add around 120 new members of staff to its team by autumn, with monthly appointments likely to start once the dust settles on the firm's move in the coming weeks. …

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