Exclusive arrival on the high street

Mayor Norma Redfearn with Mark Ions, staff and friends of Exclusive Ltd.
Mayor Norma Redfearn with Mark Ions, staff and friends of Exclusive Ltd.

A recruitment specialist has backed plans to regenerate Whitley Bay by moving to the town.

Exclusive Recruitment and HR Consultancy has invested a five-figure sum in refurbishing office space in former bank offices on Park View after moving from its offices near Newcastle Airport.

Managing director Mark Ions used local tradespeople to transform the building into state-of-the-art-offices, plus serviced workspace to create a business hub.

Mayor Norma Redfearn was guest of honour at the official opening of the new premises.

Mark said: “We are delighted by the warm welcome we have had from other businesses in the town, and from North Tyneside Council.

“Whitley Bay was highlighted in a recent Guardian piece about the renaissance of northern coastal towns, and as a local resident myself, bringing up a young family here, I am keen to work with other local companies and become part of a business community.”

LMA Training and Consultancy, softplay specialists Kiki’s Cabin and two event management companies have already moved into the small business hub.

Mark added: “As well as providing space for other businesses we have already created two permanent jobs and we expect to bring more jobs to the area as we achieve our growth plans.

“With good transport links, including the nearby Metro, Whitley Bay fits the bill and we are delighted to be part of the town’s regeneration.”

“This is an exciting time for the area, and for our business.”

Mrs Redfearn said: “The council is doing all it can to attract new businesses and help them set up here.

“I am therefore delighted to meet Mark and his team and to officially open their new office in the centre of Whitley Bay.

“Mark is a great ambassador for the town and I wish him and his team lots of success in this latest venture.

“Whitley Bay is going from strength to strength, and is undergoing a fantastic transformation with more than £36m of investment to regenerate the coastline and put the area back on the map as an attractive and flourishing place for residents, businesses and visitors.”