A telecommunications firm in Lancashire is set to open a new base in the North East after securing a £2m contract.
Douglas Communications was set up by Mark Douglas and provides digital and analogue telecoms networks services for customers including Sky, Virgin Media and BT.
The business recently won a tender in the region to lay cables for support services group Carillion which was what prompted it to open a new base in Blaydon, Gateshead.
The move will create eight new jobs and will use about 40 local suppliers and subcontractors.
The firm secured funding from NatWest as part of the bank's paticipation in the Government's Funding for Lending scheme.
The money has been invested in the lease of the depot and in the new equipment. Long-term, the firm said it planned to strengthen its position in the North East by growing its client base and was also eyeing further expansion across the UK.
Mark Douglas said: "Without the funding, we wouldn't have been able to put together a package for this tender. We've got ambitious plans for the future and this new depot marks the next phase of growth for the business."