New jobs have been created after a global company specialising in media sales support set up a North East base.
NRS Media has taken on 10 new starters and is keen to recruit more after opening its flagship international contact centre at Doxford International Business Park in Sunderland.
Founded in New Zealand in 1992, the business offers media sales packages for television, radio and print companies across the world, and has offices in the US, Canada, Australia and South Africa as well as a UK base in London.
Its brand new Inside Sales Centre of Excellence at Doxford will deliver advertising telesales to small and medium-sized companies across the UK, Ireland, South Africa and Europe.
Directors say the venture will expand to around 25 employees over the next 12 months, and there’s plenty of potential to bring more opportunities in the future.
John Antunes, global chief operating officer for NRS Media, said: “The North East has an exceptional talent pool of sales professionals, as well the infrastructure and facilities we were looking for, and Doxford International was always a strong contender when we were deciding where to base our Global Inside Sales Centre of Excellence.
“This is the first time NRS Media has established a global contact centre and we’re delighted to be operating our new venture from Sunderland.
“We’ve already recruited a small team who will be responsible for selling to customers in the UK, Ireland and South Africa to begin with, and we then plan to expand this into some European countries, from our new North East base.”
Sunderland City Council leader Paul Watson said: “It’s fantastic news that NRS Media has chosen Doxford International Business Park for its global sales centre.
“Sunderland is one of the leading locations in the world for contact centre companies, and our profile continues to grow thanks to the talented, friendly, adaptable workforce of our city who help each of these world-class businesses to succeed.
“We’ve attracted many global companies and in some cases their headquarters to this address, and I’m sure NRS Media will thrive in Sunderland.”