More than 70 jobs are up for grabs after a new call centre opened up in Leyland town centre.
Ultra Energy are a renewable energy company specialising in solar energy, and they have opened their doors in a disused three-storey building on King Court.
So far they have managed to recruit 80 positions locally, and they are looking to expand for their kitchen section of the business meaning there will be 150 people employed there.
The move sees marketing director Mandie Jessop, move closer to her roots. She wants to give something back to her home town after developing call centres all over the UK, including sites in Glasgow, Leeds and Southampton.
She said: “My dad James Riddell used to be involved with fibreglass at Leyland Motors until 1985, and my mum Carol was a librarian at Leyland for many years.
“Since Leyland Motors closed down, I used to think that we were a bit of ghost town, with so many empty shops in Hough Lane.
“However, a lot seems to have been done recently to regenerate the town, and I wanted to bring some trade and business along one of the main routes into Leyland.
“I am a local girl and always loved this area where the people are honest, hard-working and good down-to-earth people.
“I want local talent to have a chance despite the economic gloom by joining a reputable company in Ultra Energy that’s growing all the time, and has many opportunities for people who want to do well.
“I urge people to contact us if they want to apply for a selection of marketing and sales opportunities.
“I want to see Leyland back up-and-running and rather than make people go into the city of Preston, they can stay in our town.
“It was an ideal location for us because we are so close to all the major motorways.” Mandie started to look at moving to the area in January, and discovered the premises at Kings Court had been vacant for three years.
Early indications are that the business is performing well.
Mandie said: “We are attracting more that 200 appointments per week for people interested in getting solar power in their homes.
“That is above expectations and we think it will continue to grow when we employ more people.”
Mandie admits that she hopes the local economy is boosted by their move to the area.
She said: “I know that a lot of the workers go out to the likes of Greenhalghs for their lunch.
“And I also know some of the girls are getting their hair done after work while the men are going to the FX Leisure Gym.
“Hopefully they will see an increase in trade when all the jobs are filled.”
Mandie added that she wants other top people to join her team of Liz Helvin, Carly Jessop, Adam Jessop, Kelly Grimshaw and Maggie Walmsley,
If you would be interested in any of the positions, contact 01772 331100.