News : Capita Deal Secures 450 Darlington Jobs
Darlington, UK, Feb 9, 2015 -- Hundreds of jobs have been secured in a North-East town - and more could be created - after an outsourcing firm signed a deal to move into new premises, The Northern Echo can reveal.
Later this year, Capita will set up base on Lingfield Point Business Park, in Darlington after agreeing terms for 42,000 sq ft of space to accommodate about 450 of its staff. The firm, which handles a wide range of contracts for the private and public sector, will shift workers based at its existing sites in Darlington to newly-converted offices on the award-winning business park.
The deal is a major coup for property firm Clearbell LLP which bought Lingfield Point, the former site of Patons and Baldwins wool factory, from developer Marchday at the end of last year.
Clearbell plans to invest in the park over the next five years to upgrade services, build commercial and residential properties, and attract new business to Darlington.
Securing the Capita jobs is a welcome boost for the town following last month's blow that subsea firm DeepOcean was cutting a third of the 136 staff employed at its Coniscliffe Road offices in response to the collapse in oil prices which has hit the offshore industry.
There is also uncertainty about the town's private employer EE following the announcement that is was being bought by BT. BT bosses have remained tight-lipped about potential job losses among EE's 2,000 Darlington-based call centre workers, but they have admitted the deal will lead to cost cuts when the two telecoms companies combine.
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The Capita contract will take the number of staff employed across Lingfield Point's businesses, which include Amec Foster Wheeler, Four Seasons Healthcare and the Student Loans Company, to more than 3,000.
Eddie Humphries, the park's estate manager, said: "Capita is a great service provider and we feel that fits hand-in-glove with our ethos of customer service - from the fabulous on-site facilities to 24 hour concierge service.
"We are looking forward to welcoming Capita. They will find everything they need on their doorstep – which is in fact why they chose to come here."
Posted by Veronica Silva Cusi, news correspondent
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