A drugs and alcohol testing firm intends to increase its workforce fourfold as part of a £1m investment plan at the County Durham laboratories.
Formed in 2005, Sedgefield-based Corporate Solutions International delivers a range of approaches for drugs and alcohol testing and analysis, for regional, national and global companies.
Managing director Trevor Hall plans to increase headcount from 18 to 80 at its NETPark facility over the next three years as it moves to a 24/7 operation, also providing work for an additional 240 people nationally as part of its growth and expansion strategy.
Hall, who worked in the Military Services, police and as an international corporate investigator before setting up CSI, set up the firm after researching the needs of UK and international blue chip companies and spotting a gap in the market.
Ambitious growth plans will see CSI create an apprenticeship scheme as it looks to increase the number of drug and alcohol tests it carries out from 10,000 a year to 500,000 by 2016, taking sales to £30m by 2018.
Hall said: “We are committed to the provision of effective solutions for the benefit of the employer, the employee as well as the wider community and our reputation for drugs and alcohol testing is growing rapidly both at home and abroad.
“CSI is winning contracts on a regular basis both nationally and globally which is testament to the skills and experience of all our staff and our passion for delivering a unique global service.
“We are confident of winning more contracts to accelerate further business growth with expansion globally being a huge possibility.
“We are taking in university interns from January 2014 and will be starting an apprenticeship scheme for laboratory technicians in in April 2014. We also provide additional work for 250 collection.
“So far, we have invested £1million to make this business work with substantially more investment to follow as we move forward.
rs around the UK, Europe and other parts of the world.
“Our company’s rapid success and expansion is due to other providers not focusing on what employers really want. Employers tell us that other market providers are cost prohibitive, slow to respond and involved in too many other areas of lab work such as NHS work and pregnancy test kits.
“All this will work will be managed from our high tech laboratories in NETPark and it will help us achieve our goal of a £30m turnover by 2018 and strengthen our reputation as one of the world’s leading drugs and alcohol testing service providers in the UK.”