Hundreds of jobs follow Danieli Holdings' expansion plans

The Newcastle-based group could create up to 600 new jobs following a refinancing deal secured with Allied Irish Bank (GB)

Left to right: Christopher Dixon of Allied Irish Bank (GB), Mark Dobbin of Sintons, Steve Howe and Neill Winch of Phoenix and Mark Robinson and Andrew Love of Allied Irish Bank (GB)
Left to right: Christopher Dixon of Allied Irish Bank (GB), Mark Dobbin of Sintons, Steve Howe and Neill Winch of Phoenix and Mark Robinson and Andrew Love of Allied Irish Bank (GB)

Newcastle-based Danieli Holdings could create up to 600 new jobs as part of ambitious developments in its security division.

The Gosforth-headquartered group, which operates in the security, healthcare, training and property development sectors, has revealed plans for further expansion across the UK alongside the creation of hundreds of new roles.

The announcement comes after the group secured a multi-million pound refinancing package from Allied Irish Bank (GB) to drive forward growth plans.

Danieli Holdings is looking to significantly develop its Phoenix Security division by opening new offices in Leeds, Birmingham, Edinburgh and London within the next 12 months, raising both turnover and employee numbers, which currently stand at 1,200 people, by as much as 50%.

Alongside investment in Phoenix, the firm is also growing significantly across its other divisions. Its Northridge Healthcare arm operates care homes and has recently returned to the domiciliary care sector with its new Homecare Plus business.

Meanwhile, Danieli Property Investments has just completed the 137-bed student block development in Shieldfield, Newcastle, known as Barker House, operated by Student Accommodation (UK) which has just sold the site for £6m.

The business, which has seen strong growth since being established in 2000, has been supported in its expansion by a refinancing package from Allied Irish Bank (GB) in Newcastle.

Newcastle law firm Sintons acted for Allied Irish Bank (GB) in the refinancing and GBLF assisted Danieli Holdings.

Neil Winch, group chief executive, said: “We have further expansion plans for the next five to ten years in all of the sectors we operate in, and there are more sectors to come with planned acquisitions in the pipeline. It’s a very exciting time indeed and will result in the group becoming one of the fastest-growing, multi-faceted privately owned North East based companies with a national reputation to be proud of.”

The first stage of expansion will be for Phoenix, which operates a door supervision arm and has a strong presence in the North East, South of England and Scotland.

As a result of its relationship with McDonald’s, for whom it looks after 70 of its 24-hour restaurants, Phoenix has recently secured a major deal with the fast food giant to provide overnight supervision for its Ronald McDonald Houses in Manchester, Southampton, Birmingham and London, which provide accommodation for families with children in hospital.

Additionally, Phoenix offers a nationally-acclaimed training scheme for security and safety issues which was involved in the creation of the UK’s first Vulnerable People pilot programme in Newcastle, alongside Northumbria Police.

The programme was commended by the Home Office and is now being rolled out nationally as part of the Security Industry Authority’s upskilling and new training criteria.

Steve Howe, managing director of Phoenix Security, said: “We operate a national service at present, but will be able to take on many more contracts through having this infrastructure in these locations. Leeds will be the first new opening for us, and will happen in the early part of next year.”

Andrew Love, head of Allied Irish in the North East, said: “We were very pleased to be able to get to know and understand the needs of Danieli Holdings and their diverse divisions within the group, and put together a bespoke refinancing package to support them in their growth.

“Phoenix has a superb reputation in its native North East and beyond, and has some very ambitious plans for further national expansion in the near future.”

Mark Dobbin, partner at Sintons and head of its banking and finance team, added: “We have a long-standing relationship with Allied Irish Bank (GB) and they have made a very significant investment into one of the North East’s most dynamic businesses, which is growing to become a national force.”

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