A FIRM is planning to double its workforce after moving into a new home on Wearside.
UK Independent Medical Services is shifting across the A1, swapping its home at Belmont, Durham, for a new base at Rainton Bridge.
The company – which provides independent medical evidence in insurance cases – is to move its 80-strong workforce into its new home, after leasing the entire Brenner House block on the Sunderland Council-owned park.
Managing director Ian Medforth said the decision to leave Durham had been a tough one, even though the company’s new site is just up the road.
“This is perhaps as far away as we would have looked,” he said.
“The move is only four miles – and that was a crucial element in the decision A lot of our success is due to the quality of our staff and the skills they have built up over the years – to lose that would have been a tragedy.”
Established eight years ago, UK Independent Medical Services has seen its business expand significantly, especially in the last three years.
“We have been looking at this place on and off over the last couple of years,” said Mr Medforth. “The site is fantastic and the facilities are excellent.
“Eighty people are coming here from Belmont, but the building would be capable of taking 140 to 150 people comfortably. The aim over the coming years will be to fill the building.”
Tom Hurst, Sunderland Council chief investment officer, said: “The company’s decision to locate here is a testament to the hi-tech facilities that the council can provide at locations across the city.
“We look forward to working closely with the company and wish it every success at its new base.”
Niall McGilp is regional development director for Goodman, which runs the park for the city council.
He said: “UK Independent Medical Services will be a welcome addition to Rainton Bridge and represents the business park’s third new occupier in 12 months.
“We wish them continued success in their new office environment.
“By working closely with UK Independent Medical Services we have been able to tailor the deal to their needs, and provide them with a space that will support their future growth.
“The deal also demonstrates the continuing strength of our long-term relationship with Sunderland City Council.”