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News : New Call Centre to Create 100 Jobs in Derby
Derby, UK, July 6, 2016 -- Up to 100 jobs are to be created in Derby with the opening of a new call centre in Pride Park.
A1 Comms, based in Alfreton, has taken out a three-year lease on offices at 1 New Park Place. The two-storey building is also home to Salloway Property Consultants and Rhodes Wealth Management.
A1 Comms has snapped up space on the first floor, previously occupied by global IT recruitment firm Volt. The telecoms company will turn it into a call centre for its growing sales team.
The centre is due to open in August and will initially create up to 20 jobs, with plans to drastically increase that number as the business continues to grow.
A1 Comms said the centre would be used to deliver more services – including mobile phone upgrades, B2B solutions and Sky TV offers – to more of its existing customer base.
Paul Berry, head of operations and delivery at A1 Comms, said: "This is a really exciting time for A1. We're going through a period of considerable growth and have identified some fantastic opportunities, which will allow us to tap into Derby's talent pool.
"We looked at various locations for our new call centre, but ultimately felt that expanding into Pride Park was the right thing to do.
"We're very proud of our Derbyshire roots, and feel confident that there are plenty of fantastic individuals here that would be an asset to the A1 Comms team."
As a former shirt sponsor of Derby County and Derbyshire County Cricket Club under Buymobiles.net, its flagship consumer brand – A1 Comms has had a strong presence within Derby for many years.
Mr Berry said the time was right to cement that presence with a new call centre in the city.
The deal follows several other relocations in Derby. Computer services firm Absolute Networks has left Parker Industrial Estate, in Mansfield Road, and moved into larger premises at Friar Gate Studios.
The firm's new office will accommodate the growth of the IT support and cloud services business.
Managing director Matthew Drew said: "The new office really meets the demands for our evolving business. It's a great atmosphere to show customers how we can use IT to grow their business."
Elsewhere, data analytics firm Aquila Insight has chosen Derby as the base for its latest UK office.
The company – which was founded in Edinburgh in 2012 and has an office in London – is to join other creative and digital businesses housed at Sadler Bridge Studios, at the junction of Bold Lane and Sadler Gate.
Bosses at the firm said it chose Derby because of its high internet speeds and talented workforce.
Meanwhile, wetsuit and events providers Huub has moved into Park Bikeworks in Full Street.
Business duo Simon Ingham and Mark Smith launched a cafe and shop at Park Bikeworks in 2014.
But in March it was announced the cafe and shop would cease trading, with Mr Ingham admitting the commercial model they introduced "wasn't right" for the building and location.
Secure cycle parking remains available at the site.
Posted by Veronica Silva Cusi, news correspondent
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