Express Managed Services has fast-growing expansion plans

Information technology firm Express Managed Services is living up to its name with fast-growing expansion plans that aim to grow its turnover to £3m in the next 12 months

Councillor Paul Watson and John Hopkinson
Councillor Paul Watson and John Hopkinson

Information technology firm Express Managed Services is living up to its name with fast-growing expansion plans that aim to grow its turnover to £3m in the next 12 months.

The company, which provides electrical infrastructure, technical design, installation and support for the commercial industry, is recruiting four new staff members, increasing its workforce to 22 – a move which means it will have swelled head count by 54% this year, having already taken on six new skilled staff.

The fast-growing electrical, mechanical and IT services company moved to West Quay Court, Sunderland, earlier this year from its original base in Birtley, and managing director John Hopkinson has plans to strengthen its work within the automotive industry, having built up a strong trading relationship with Wearside motoring giant Nissan Manufacturing UK.

The firm relocated from Birtley following the company decision to focus on services and hardware and to exit the retail sector.

Since then, it is now nudging the top 50 of Nissan’s 1,000 strong supply chain, rating nine out of 10 for quality from the car manufacturer, and it also works with SNOP UK automotive components manufacturer in Sunderland, as well as a number of other companies in Nissan’s supply chain.

John Hopkinson, managing director of Express Managed Services said: “We’ve had a busy year with the relocation and fulfilling contracts – one of the reasons we’re recruiting more staff.

“In four years, we’ve increased our turnover from £700,000 to £1.8m, and it is our intention to grow that figure to between £2.5m and £3m in the next 12 months.”

Councillor Paul Watson, leader of Sunderland City Council, said: “Express Managed Services has grown because it’s adapted to changing times while keeping high quality products and services a priority. Flexible, ambitious companies such as this form a great part of Sunderland’s success, and we’re delighted that they have chosen to relocate to the city. The company’s strong links with the automotive sector will thrive in Sunderland, which aims to be a global hub for both automotive manufacturing and offshore renewable development.”

John Hopkinson is delighted with the move. He said: “We now have bigger premises with warehouse and office space which are much more suitable for us.

“We’ve had excellent service from the business investment team at the City Council from the first meeting onwards.”

We’ve increased our turnover to £1.8 million, and it is our intention to grow that figure to £3 million

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