New business centre wil create 170 new jobs

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A new regional business centre in Bulwell is expected to create 170 new jobs and bring £50 million to the local economy.

The Northgate Public Service business centre at the Apollo 26 Industrial Park, will be officially opened on Wednesday (September 23).

The business centre, a partnership between Nottingham City Council and software and outsourcing company Northgate Public Services, is expected save the Council £6 million and protect jobs.

Councillor Graham Chapman, who promoted the deal, said: “The Council entered into an agreement with Northgate Public Services last year with the aim of saving £6m and safeguarding jobs. Northgate’s commitment to opening a regional centre in the city was a key part of the deal so it’s great to see it now open for business providing quality jobs for the area.”

Graham Allen MP added: “Credit is due to the Council and Northgate Public Services for ensuring that their partnership not only provides an efficient and cost effective service but also provides a major boost to the local economy, creating good job and apprenticeship opportunities.”

he centre will provide document services, such as scanning and mailroom services, to the City Council and other government offices including central government departments and police and health care organisations.

The development is estimated to be worth in excess of £50 million to the local economy over the initial seven years of the partnership. The new jobs will be spread over the next five years and will include the recruitment of 25 apprenticeships.

Both partners have focused on recruiting people with difficulties finding employment and the long term unemployed.