Yorkshire Building Society saw a strong financial performance in the first six months of 2013 and announced the creation of another 100 news jobs. The UKs second largest building society demonstrated the benefits of being a trusted financial services provider, seeing pre-tax profits dip to £80.1m in the six months to June 30 from £82.2m previously while gross lending increased to £2.5bn during the period compared to £2.4bn for the same period last year.
Manchester IT consultancy, Shaping Cloud, will appoint new developers to its team. The company is expanding its team after securing a place on the Government G-Cloud framework, which has led to a number of significant client wins.
A US-based firm that makes components for mobile phones, Compound Photonics, is expected to create around 200 jobs after purchasing the former RFMD site at Newton Aycliffe. The acquisition of the site opens up a brand new future for the plant and its people.
The Big Cat Group
Full service Marketing & Communications agency Big Cat Group, is looking to appoint new staff members, to handle an increasing number of client PR accounts, in response to strong business growth at the Birmingham-based agency.
Housebuilder Persimmon is recruiting 225 young people nationwide, following an increase in new homes being built. Persimmon legally completed 5,022 new homes in the first half of 2013, 7% higher than for the 2012 first half. At the end of June 2013 forward sales were 19% ahead of the same time in 2012, at 920m.
J C Bamford Excavators
JCB has launched a £5m Young Talent scheme which could create 130 UK jobs. 60 apprentices have started work at JCB headquarters in Staffordshire, under the scheme. JCB is introducing an international business apprenticeship, the first of its kind in the UK.
Marlow based, reseller, Softcat welcomes 36 new recruits to its sales and IT teams in London, Manchester and Marlow. 25 new starts will join the Marlow team in sales and sales management in addition to more specific roles in particular sectors. Five new starts will join the Manchester team, and six will join the London team, all within the sales department.
Phone and broadband provider Plusnet is to open a second office in Leeds in October 2013, creating 250 extra jobs over three years. The new base is undergoing a £2m refurbishment. PlusNet expects to have 1,100 employees across the two sites by 2016. It also plans to launch an apprentice scheme.
Stanton Ralph & Co
Stanton Ralph & Co, a leading Shropshire accountancy firm, is appointing new staff members as part of its ongoing expansion. The firm has seen a steady increase in demand for its services since moving to larger premises in Bridgnorth, in 2011.
Sunderland based software company, OnePoint Systems has won a $300,000 (195,000) contract to install and maintain a warehousing management system for a US manufacturing facility. The new contract is the latest in a number of warehouse systems orders the company has won in the US, with more expected to follow in the coming months.
Citadel Security Products
Citadel Security Products is positioning itself for growth with major investment in staff and technology and the acquisition of a complementary business. The firm has re-branded its group of companies under the Citadel Industries name, creating 15 new jobs and invested £300K.
The Car Group
The Car Group, the Staffordshire online car buying service, which trades as wewantanycar.com, is creating 20 jobs across its 60 UK branches. It also plans to open 10 more offices, later in 2013. We Want Any Car has experienced rapid growth since launching and is expanding in London and Scotland.
Almac Diagnostics has seen a 22% increase in turnover to reach £4.9m for the 13 months to 30 September 2012, up from £4.1m for the 12 months to 1 September 2011. The Craigavon, Northern Ireland-based pharmaceutical company is investing a total of £13.7m to expand its manufacturing facility, creating 229 jobs over three years.
Derby based, text messaging company, Collstream is about to hit annual turnover of £3m, and has taken on seven additional members of staff and is starting to look at overseas markets and potential acquisitions. The company sends 8 million text messages a month on behalf of clients including banks, credit card firms, utility companies, retailers and top-tier football clubs. The latest intake of recruits takes the headcount at the firm up to 26 and the firm is hoping to take on the next wave of people to help drive growth.
East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust
East Midlands Ambulance Service is to recruit 126 new staff by the end of 2013, including paramedics and emergency care assistants, to help reduce waiting times. The recruitment campaign follows a report by health inspectors highlighting that staff shortages were putting patients in danger because ambulances were not reaching them quickly enough.