Hundreds of new jobs could be created after a company moved onto a Longbenton business park.
Cofely, a GDF SUEZ company and a leading provider of integrated and energy services, has moved a number of its company functions into a new shared services centre at Quorum Business Park.
The new centre – which will provide customer support and internal services across all its UK locations – will see around 50 existing staff relocate from their present locations in the region with up to an additional 200 new local jobs created over the next 18 months.
David Hughes, head of shared services from Cofely, said: “The move will put Cofely in a better position to support the increased demands of our enlarged business and enable future growth.
“The north east offers a great investment opportunity for businesses such as ourselves.”
He added: “We are very keen to consolidate our presence here and it’s our aim to make Cofely a sustainable and long-term employer in the region for years to come.”
Fergus Trim, director at Quorum said: “We are thrilled to welcome Cofely to Quorum and see the creation of a significant number of new jobs on site.
“We are seeing an increase in North-shoring projects of this type, and hopefully the skilled workforce and attractive business environment on Tyneside will encourage other large businesses to look at the City.”
Mayor Norma Redfearn said: “I am delighted that Cofely have chosen to create their new base for their shared services operation in North Tyneside.
“The 200 new jobs at the Quorum Business Park will be welcomed by North Tyneside residents who have told us creating more employment opportunities is their top priority.”