An insolvency practice has expanded by opening a second office in the North East, creating new jobs as it enlists new clients.
Robson Scott Associates was founded in Darlington eight years by directors John Shepherd and Eamonn Wall, who quickly established customers in sectors including agriculture, the chemical industry, engineering and professional services.
The pair, who employ 11 staff, have now opened the doors to a new office in Gosforth, Newcastle, and within days of opening the firm has signed up new clients in the manufacturing, engineering and construction sectors and begun recruiting for three senior posts.
Director John Shepherd said: “It has been a very positive start for us in Newcastle. The business community seems pleased that we’re here and the initial response has been very encouraging. We have appointed a new department manager and are looking for two additional members of the team who have a strong understanding of business in this part of the world.
“Our job is to identify the options for keeping a business going, or at least to lessen the loss, to preserve jobs and keep people in work. We are good at sourcing alternative forms of funding and we actively try to dissuade people from formal insolvency if we can find another way.”
The £1m turnover company specialises in business advice and insolvency services for limited companies, sole traders and partnerships across the UK, and has seen demand rise from clients.
Hall added: “We felt the time was right to bring our more modern approach to insolvency services into the city. The level of work we are attracting is already higher than we anticipated, not because of the number of businesses that need help, but because more people recognise we can advise and support them through the process and bring them out the other side.”