News : Extraenergy to Create 1,000 City Jobs
Aug 28, 2014 -- Up to 1,000 jobs will be created in Birmingham by Extraenergy.
Extraenergy, backed by a group of investors in Germany, is creating the roles as part of plans to attract customers in little more than a year.
The company has already created 280 posts in a matter of months and is set to move to a new office in the city with 1,000 staff within 12 months.
The new roles being created are largely in telemarketing, customer services and credit management. They are imminent, with the company in "advanced stages" of talks about a new headquarters, said Managing Director Geoff Childs.
While Mr Childs said he was unable to reveal the location, he said it would be in the city centre.
The deal is expected to see the company take 35,000 sq ft of commercial office space, offering the potential for yet more expansion.
The firm has been trialling its service in Britain since March and currently employs 280 staff at its interim office in Teleperformance House, in Hagley Road, near Five Ways.
However, Mr Childs says he expects to have a workforce of more than 500 by Christmas and 1,000 within the next 12 months.
Against a fiery backdrop in the UK – Labour leader Ed Miliband has pledged to freeze energy bills if he comes to power – the company plans to replicate success in Germany.
Mr Childs, who is from Solihull, said his roots played no part in the decision to base the firm here.
He said: "There were a lot of options on the table. I was one of the first people in the UK recruited and drew up a list of potential cities. There are a number of call centre cities – Manchester, Leeds, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Cardiff, Swansea and in Northern Ireland.
"Birmingham was the most competitive – it is not just because I grew up in Solihull. People forget Birmingham is the UK's Second City. The company has an office in Dusseldorf and I have found I can get to Dusseldorf quicker than I can get to London from here."
Posted by Veronica Silva Cusi, news correspondent
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