Help-Link UK's expansion creates new North Tyneside jobs

Heating specialists Help-Link UK Ltd is set to create 40 new jobs after expanding further into the region with a North Tyneside office

Mel Butler, Mizan Rouf and Erik Coates
Mel Butler, Mizan Rouf and Erik Coates

Heating specialists Help-Link UK Ltd is set to create 40 new jobs after expanding further into the region with a North Tyneside office.

The Leeds-based firm, which currently employs more than 700 staff, has grown rapidly since it was established in 1988 as an approved installer of boilers through the Government-backed ECO Affordable Warmth Scheme.

Operating from six offices around the UK, including a Sunderland office, the firm is now continuing its strategic growth plan by moving into a new office at Cobalt Business Exchange, a move which the company hopes will aid its plan to grow turnover from a targeted £90m this year to £160m in three years, when it also plans to employ 1,000 staff.

Help-Link was assisted with its move to the area by North Tyneside Council’s Business Development Team, which provided a range of advice and assistance including conducting a commercial property search, which resulted in Help-Link taking serviced office space at Cobalt Business Exchange as well as providing support with the company’s recruitment plans.

As well as being a boiler installer for the ECO Affordable Warmth Scheme, which was launched to help deal with fuel poverty in the UK, Help-Link also provides full heating systems, repairs and maintenance, boiler breakdown cover and landlord safety checks.

Mizan Rouf, business development officer at North Tyneside Council said: “We are delighted to welcome Help-Link to the area. The company is creating a number of skilled jobs in North Tyneside and with its ongoing success; we look forward to supporting the company with its ongoing growth plans in the future.”

Managing director at Help-Link, Mel Butler said: “Help-Link is expanding at a phenomenal rate, the opening of the office in North Tyneside is part of our strategic growth plan. The area has a lot to offer and is the perfect location for our Energy Services division due to the readily available skilled and experienced workforce, as well as the excellent transport links to our head office.”

Earlier this year the management structure at Help-Link was strengthened following the appointment of finance director Alistair Gamage, the former group finance director at Kier and operations director Jim Stephenson, previously managing director of Eaga Heat.

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