Business centre to create 160 jobs

The new business centre on Cinderhill Road

The new business centre on Cinderhill Road

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A new business centre in Bulwell is set to create 160 new jobs over the next five years as the city council outsources its revenues and benefits services.

Nottingham City Council (NCC) says the partnership with Northgate Public Services (NPS) will safeguard 200 jobs and save the council £6 million.

The contract will run for an initial seven year term, with an option to extend for a further three years.

Councillor Graham Chapman, NCC’s Portfolio holder for Resources, said: “We were facing increased demand and higher expectations at the same time as severely reduced budgets and government policy changes - we had to think differently about how to meet these challenges. Our partnership with Northgate is the ideal solution and a real win-win for the council. It will deliver a better service to residents, save £6 million, guarantee continued employment for our staff and create up to 160 new jobs.”

NPS, as well as introducing new technologies and processes to the Revenues and Benefit service, is also looking to bring new work and contracts to the city and help create employment.

Joe Bradley, NPS’ executive director, said: “We are delighted to be establishing a base in Nottingham with a new Regional Business Centre in Bulwell. Not only will it give us a chance to build on our existing links with the council and the city, it will also enable us to create new opportunities through our scheme for modern apprentices. We are looking forward to opening our new base in the summer and starting to recruit in the area.”

NPS has signed a lease to set up the centre on the eastern side of Cinderhill Road, and it will open in late August.