A MOVE to Wearside has sparked expansion plans for Aardvarc Electrical Engineers.
The firm is planning to more than double its staff in the next 18 months, from 40 to 100 skilled employees, after swapping its site in South Tyneside for a new home in Sunderland’s West Quay Court earlier this year.
Aardvarc, which designs, builds, commissions and installs high-voltage electrical substations worldwide, has also opened a London office this year, and is about to open one in Ireland.
Six new employees have been recruited in the last month and the firm has two apprentices and two adult trainees.
Managing director Darren Lenney said 95 per cent of the new posts would be in Sunderland.
“We’ve had brilliant service from the city council,” he added.
“Sunderland’s in the right place at the right time for us. The council’s business investment team was proactive and helpful, identifying and finding great premises, and offering a package which helped us set up and get infrastructure and marketing in place.”
Council deputy leader Harry Trueman said: “We’re delighted Aardvarc chose to locate in Sunderland, and is doing so well.
“The company has captured a niche in its sector and is offering skilled jobs in a growing global business. It is exactly the sort of business we are delighted to help.” Darren and sales manager Geoff Stokes are now focused on expanding Aardvarc’s presence in European and Middle East markets, with plans to open a new branch in Dubai or Doha later this year.