Inward investment team help surveillance group grow

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Issued: 05/04/12

More than 30 jobs will be created in the city over the next three years as a high security surveillance industry locates to Stoke-on-Trent.

Observation 247, which was originally founded by three brothers and a friend all from the military, provides professional 24 hour surveillance for the hospitality industry along with specialist covert surveillance services.

On 1 April the company opened its new headquarters in Longton following support from the Make It Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Inward Investment Service.

Observation 247, which currently employs five staff, is looking to expand over the next three years increasing its workforce six-fold and is already working with Stoke-on-Trent City Council Jobs Enterprise and Training (JET) service to support the city’s long-term unemployed back into work. There are also plans to create several new jobs for wounded in action soldiers who will operate the specialist 24 hour alarm response centre.

Becci Wilcock, operations director of Observation 247, said: “We decided to locate in Stoke-on-Trent because it was a central location from which to operate. Also, the support received from the Make It Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Inward Investment Service convinced us of our potential for growth in the area.”

Councillor Mark Meredith Stoke-on-Trent City Council cabinet member for economic development, added: “Our inward investment service is supported by both the city council and Staffordshire County Council in partnership. Together we are helping businesses looking to expand or relocate in our area at every step of the business growth process. We are rolling out the ‘red carpet’ treatment.

“The service helps companies choose the optimum location, gain advice on financial incentives, provide support in relation to recruitment, skills and training and also supports logistics such as site visits as well as industry market research.”

The first wave of job opportunities is due to become available in the city from next month and the company are actively recruiting people with and without an ex-military background as well as for a variety of skilled and unskilled positions. For further details, contact JET on 01782 231215.

More information is available at www.makeitstokeontrentandstaffordshire.co.uk or by calling the Make It Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Inward Investment Service on 0300 111 8005.

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For further media enquiries please contact Cheryl Morris at Stoke-on-Trent City Council’s communications department on 01782 232130.