150 new jobs as IT company plans to double workforce

Delight: Co-director Gerard Callaghan.
Delight: Co-director Gerard Callaghan.
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A WEARSIDE IT firm has unveiled plans to create up to 150 new jobs.

The Leighton Group wants to double its workforce after increasing the size of its base on the Rainton Bridge Business Park.

Leighton moved into the park’s Chase House three years ago. Now it has signed a new five-year lease to take over the entire 13,300 sq ft-plus building.

The group is the parent company of a number of connected IT, media and design companies, including SaleCycle, Workcast, MyWorld and Courage Creative.

Co-director Gerard Callaghan said: “Three years after relocating to Chase House, we have outgrown our space and are now planning for continuing expansion.

“In the next five years, we expect to double our workforce as we move to increase our presence in markets in which we are already well established.”

Rainton Bridge Business Park is owned, developed and managed by global integrated property group, Goodman.

“Goodman has gone out of its way to offer us a flexible solution to our space requirements,” said Mr Callaghan.

“And by taking on additional space at the Chase Building we will be able to plan for the future without having to move office, which will be welcomed by staff.”

Rainton Bridge is already home to more than 2,700 jobs with established businesses including RWE npower, UKIM, SIG Combibloc, and Bowmer & Kirkland.

There are more than 20 acres available for future development.

Goodman regional development director Niall McGilp said: “Leighton Group has been one of Rainton Bridge Business Park’s big success stories and we are proud to be able to continue to support their continued growth.

“By working closely with our partners we have identified a solution which enables the company to remain in its present location, yet still allow for a significant expansion through the best possible use of the available space.

“We wish them the greatest success in the years ahead.”