Domestic expansion of call center operations is always a good thing. Such a move is proof of the economic viability of the area, the available talent pool and the success of the organization.
For Fusion, an ambitious expansion plan was revealed that could add up o 400 new jobs. The company tool over the former Orange building at Bracken Hill in Peterlee last year and employs 200 workers who deal with various blue-chip clients.
The firm has predicted that future growth and as a result, had pledged to create another 400 jobs in the next two years. To drive the process, the company’s management has been working closely with One NorthEast’s Strategic Account Management team, a regional development agency.
According to Mike Sherwood, managing director of Fusion, as a major local employer, Fusion had already seen some fantastic results in Sunderland which is why the company was keen to invest further in North East England by opening the Peterlee contact center. The company employs 350 people at its sister site in Sunderland.
Sherwood also noted that the Fusion approach is to offer local people a fun and interesting place to work with real career opportunities. Sherwood highlighted that the company works hard to ensure there is a good atmosphere for all Fusion employees.
Ian Williams, director of business and industry at One NorthEast, said in a statement: "In its first year in Peterlee, the company has already taken on 200 people on top of the 350 staff it employs in Sunderland.
"The planned recruitment of a further 400 people between now and 2010, and the fact that this is another example of a company moving into the region and planning for future growth, is great news for the whole of the North East because we know how important the service sector is to the regional economy," Williams added.
In addition to its partnership with One NorthEast, Fusion will also be working with other organizations, such as County Durham Development Company (CDDC) and Jobcentre Plus to help fill the positions the company hopes to create.
Stewart Watkins, CDDC managing director, noted that one of the major issues Fusion and other contact center companies face is workforce availability. Fusion and CDDC are working closely together to put the company in touch with schools and education leaders in East Durham. As a result, young people will know the positive and prosperous careers available to them in the contact center industry.
Susan J. Campbell is a contributing editor for TMC and has also written for eastbiz.com. To see more of her articles, please visit Susan J. Campbell’s columnist page.
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