Chorley is set for a jobs boost after a leading Lancashire technology firm moved to the area.
Blackburn-based Utiligroup was due to switch their operations to Alliance House at Clayton Green Business Park on January 4.
Bosses at the firm say the move would allow them to take on more staff.
The company employs 50 people and makes software for blue-chip clients including the ‘big six’ energy giants and they also allow firms to track energy data.
Officials at the firm say that some members of staff already live in Chorley and are excited at the move to the new rented office space.
It comes after Utiligroup was bought by one of its Darwen-based rivals Bglobal for £12.8 million.
Speaking ahead of the move John Furness of Utiligroup said: “To put it simply, our current offices are full – meaning that we would not be able to achieve our targeted levels of growth if we stay where we are.
“The new building will enable us to take on more staff to deliver new and innovative solutions to our clients across our whole business spectrum from software to services.
“In addition, it will mean that the whole company is working from the same office, rather than the set-up we currently have with different teams based in different buildings.
“We have specifically chosen Alliance House as it gives us plenty of space in which to expand our team.
“We already have three new employees starting in the new office in January, and we anticipate growing the team across all business functions in the future.”
MP Lindsay Hoyle has welcomed the move and believes it is good news for the area.
He said: “Any company that is looking to expand its operations will be great for Chorley. The area has had a few knocks over the past couple of years.
“It just shows that when we get some inward investment that firms realise that Chorley is a great place to set up business.
“I think this will improve the local economy with more jobs being attracted into the town.”
Coun Peter Malpas, who oversees business for Chorley Council, said: “We are delighted to welcome such a prestigious company to Chorley. It is good news that the Utiligroup is doing so well that it wants to expand its business and that it has chosen to come to Chorley.”