AROUND 35 new jobs will be created as two firms announce expansion plans in Darwen.
ELFS Shared Services, based on Commercial Road, has created around 20 jobs while private medical insurance specialist Chase Templeton, in Arkwright Court, is in the process of recruiting 15 new staff.
Darwen MP Jake Berry said: “This is great news for the town in the run up to Christmas. It just goes to show Darwen is one of the best places in the country to start and run a business.
“It’s one of the reasons that we were able to announce a record low in unemployment rates recently.”
ELFS Shared Services provides payroll and financial services to 28 NHS organisations, The company has just secured four new contracts with the NHS Foundation Trusts of Greater Manchester West Mental Health, Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals and Birmingham Community Health Care, along with Locala Community Partnerships in Batley.
Graham Gornall, director at ELFS, said: “It is very positive news for us as an organisation, because we have to compete with others such as Capita and Serco for these contracts.
“There is always a huge NHS market for these services. It’s a really great thing for the whole of the area that we are expanding the team.
“The fact we have been able to do this is testament to the good services that we provide to NHS trusts all over the country.”
Chase Templeton created 10 new jobs in the town just a few weeks ago after opening a hub in Bromley. The company is now in the process of recruiting 15 new staff, five of which have already joined the company this month.
The other 10 will join in the new year which will bring the total number of staff in Darwen to 77.
Chase Templeton has signed a lease on a new larger 2,500 square foot building adjacent to its existing offices.
Richard Holden, commercial director, said: “We are making a significant investment not just in additional office space, but recruitment, training and technology.”
The new building will be home to a dedicated sales centre of excellence.