Firm announces new jobs after Sunderland move

(l to r) Councillor Paul Watson of Sunderland City Council and John Hopkinson of Express Managed Services.
(l to r) Councillor Paul Watson of Sunderland City Council and John Hopkinson of Express Managed Services.
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EXPRESS Managed Services is serving up new jobs after its move to Wearside.

The electrical, mechanical and IT services company swapped its former site in Birtley for a new home at Sunderland’s West Quay Court.

Six new employees have arrived this year and now the firm is on the lookout for another four, to take its total to 22.

Managing director John Hopkinson said: “We’ve had a busy year with the relocation and fulfilling contracts – one of the reasons we’re recruiting more staff.

“In four years we’ve increased our turnover from £700,000 to £1.8million, and it is our intention to grow that figure to between £2.5million and £3million in the next 12 months.”

The move from Birtley came after a decision to focus on services and hardware and pull out of the retail sector.

The company has built a strong trading relationship with Nissan Manufacturing UK and is now on the verge of claiming a place in the top 50 of Nissan’s 1,000-strong supply chain, rating nine out of ten for quality from the car manufacturer.

Express Managed Services also works with SNOP UK automotive components manufacturer in Washington, as well as a number of other companies in Nissan’s supply chain.

“We now have bigger premises with warehouse and office space which are much more suitable for us,” said John Hopkinson.

“We’ve had excellent service from the business investment team at the city council from the first meeting onwards, and Neil Clasper and the team have advised us well on property, marketing and practical matters.”

Sunderland City Council leader Paul Watson said: “Express Managed Services has grown because it’s adapted to changing times while keeping high quality products and services a priority.

“Flexible, ambitious companies such as this form a great part of Sunderland’s success, and we’re delighted that they have chosen to relocate to the city.

“The company’s strong links with the automotive sector will thrive in Sunderland, which aims to be a global hub for both automotive manufacturing and offshore renewable development.”