News : Hastings Direct to Create 230 Jobs in Leicester
Leicester, UK, March 10, 2015 -- An insurance firm is to create more than 230 jobs in Leicester.
Hastings Direct confirmed it is to open a call centre in the city.
Forty jobs will initially be created in May, rising to 230 by the end of the year, with "plans for continued expansion" in 2016 and 2017.
The company said the site would be in the city centre, and would reveal its exact location shortly.
It is believed the company will eventually move into St George's Tower - widely known as the Blue Tower - after occupying temporary offices elsewhere.
As reported by the Leicester Mercury last month, Hastings has been considering moving into the imposing building - next to the train station - for some time.
A Hastings spokesman said: "Centrally located with excellent transport links across the Midlands, Leicester was a natural frontrunner for Hastings' third UK location. It beat other national contenders not just because of its location, but also for the quality and diversity of talent available.
"Working closely with Leicester and De Montfort universities, Leicester College and the job centre, Hastings plans to help identify career opportunities for a range of people across a range of experience levels and provide comprehensive training and development."
Chief executive Gary Hoffman said: "Our new Leicester customer service centre will play a significant role in our plans for growth and expansion."
Hastings will receive £1 million from the Government's Regional Growth Fund to help finance the move. The company will invest many more millions of pounds in the site.
City mayor Sir Peter Soulsby said: "This is a major coup for Leicester and shows that the work we are doing to regenerate and promote the city is paying dividends.
Posted by Veronica Silva Cusi, news correspondent
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Hastings Direct is a trading name of Hastings Insurance Services Limited, a UK personal lines insurance broker servicing customers online, by phone and by branch.
Published: Wednesday, March 11, 2015