Europe's leading commercial disability services company, MPH Group, has secured its future in Gateshead, thanks to investment support from NatWest.
The company, which recently won the Employer of the Year Award from the Employers Network for Equality and Inclusion, has been able to buy and refurbish a new building in the town, creating a production centre that allows it to double its capacity.
Ultimately, the firm - which employs 80 staff in the North East and has partnership companies in Brazil and Russia - aims to quadruple production and services from the new base.
Managing director and founder of the group Alan Matthews said: “It is down to the forward thinking of our bank NatWest that we were able to work with them to achieve this.
“Without their support we could have done this, but it would have meant that we would have moved another couple of times until we were at this stage.
“This way, we can look at much larger contracts and can also increase the employment of people here in the North East of England and perhaps elsewhere in the country. It has already benefited us and we are hoping very soon to announce a huge project of which we are very proud.”
MPH is a commercial business-to-business company, providing specialist professional disability services to other firms. Founded in Gateshead in 1999, the group is made up of several divisions: MPH Accessible Media, MPH Accessible Environments, MPH Studio, and MPH Customer Centred Training.
The group also has a purpose-built training and conference centre, and ancillary services offered from the MPH Legal section through a partnership with JFS Law and JFS Torbitt.
Matthews added that the layout of the new building had allowed the group to improve its processes.
The company’s Accountant, Jane Freeman from JFS Torbitt, said: “When Alan and I first discussed this, we were unsure as to what sort of response we would get from the bank. I have to say that they have been supportive of what our vision was from the outset and have ensured that we know their support is there from the beginning of this project until whenever it ends.
“It is rare in my experience and in Alan’s that a bank has been so pro-active and has actually understood the vision without necessarily understanding our market fully.”
Paul Blakey, relationship manager at NatWest, added: “I was delighted to support Alan, Jane and MPH Group on the purchase of the new building in Gateshead. It’s a wonderful organization which provides an important services to the Gateshead community and I wish the business every success for the future.”