Call centre firm creates 500 jobs in Birkenhead
A call centre firm has announced that it will create 500 jobs on Merseyside by 2012.
The Contact Company made the announcement as Employment Minister Chris Grayling opened its new headquarters in Birkenhead.
The firm, which was established in 2006, said it would be recruiting for 100 jobs immediately, with a further 400 throughout 2011 and 2012.
Wirral Council said it was "welcome news" for the area.
The Contact Company's clients include Superdrug, Liverpool FC and The Great Little Trading Company.
Its chief executive Asif Hamid said: "The Contact Company has come a long way in a relatively short space of time.
"Our new offices and this considerable investment in jobs is a statement of our intent to continue growing by employing excellent people and providing the quality of service to our clients that we've become known for in the industry."
Mr Grayling said: "It's great to come to Wirral and celebrate a local business success story.
"We want to see our entrepreneurs succeed in business and in doing so create opportunities for jobs in areas that badly need them."
Councillor Steve Foulkes, leader of Wirral Council, said: "The announcement of 500 new jobs in Birkenhead is very welcome news at a time when many people are facing the very real prospect of life without work.
"I am proud that Wirral Council has been able to assist Asif and his team since their inception in 2006."