A new call centre in Newcastle which has created an initial 50 jobs has been officially opened by a gold medal-winning athlete.
Paralympian David Weir, who has six gold medals for wheelchair racing, did the honours at Call Connection on Pandon, Newcastle Quayside.
Call Connection’s MD Graeme Kalbraier said: “We’ve had a fantastic start here in Newcastle after receiving 6,000 applications for the first 50 jobs and look forward to an even better future. The contact centre underlines our investment in Newcastle as well as our determination to keep Call Connection at the forefront of the general insurance industry.”
Founded in 2003, the business now has 250 full-time staff across its centres in Newcastle and Ipswich. The Call Connection team provides telephone and online services for insurance companies such as the AA, Admiral, insurethebox and Aviva. The Newcastle operation was the result of a £1m+ investment in over 6,500 sq ft of prime office space.
NECC chief executive James Ramsbotham said: “NECC is delighted to support Call Connection in their continued efforts to bring contact centre jobs to Newcastle, adding what is an incredibly strong customer service brand to the city is fantastic news for workers and the local economy.
“We have seen significant growth across the service sector in the last 18 months and look forward to seeing further progress with the help of initiatives like this providing even more employment opportunities for Newcastle’s highly-skilled and growing workforce.”
Anyone interested in applying for a job at Call Connection in Newcastle should contact recruitment agencies Adecco, tel: 0191 222 1101; Randstad, tel: 0191 261 1617; or visit www.callconnection.com