New jobs at The Grange

Almost 20 new jobs are being created in Stevenston by the expansion of a company which has grown quickly since moving into The Grange business centre 18 months ago.

BPO has grown to employ 28 people since moving from the Glasgow area. Since the building was refurbished from the former Grange bingo hall by Irvine Bay Regeneration Company several businesses have moved in and now 50 people are now employed at the new Grange business centre.

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With an additional 18 new jobs to come at BPO the company is taking more space at The Grange, and Managing Director Graham Rankin is delighted with progress to date: “I am a North Ayrshire man and feel great pride at bringing jobs to the area. We have worked closely with Irvine Bay and also with North Ayrshire Council, and we are delighted with the quality of the space we are in and with the quality of people we are recruiting.”

The company, which assists businesses in credit control and debt recovery, works for a number of blue-chip clients and key members of the management team are from the North Ayrshire area. Local people have been recruited and trained through the Lennox Partnership supported by North Ayrshire Council.

Patrick Wiggins, Chief Executive of Irvine Bay, said: “We are delighted that The Grange continues to be successful in attracting and retaining businesses, and creating jobs and opportunities for people in the area. We continue to enjoy significant interest from potential tenants.”

The site of the former Grange bingo hall in Stevenston was redeveloped as a business centre, which provides flexible business, retail and workshop space in small unit sizes. The accommodation totals around 1,000 sq m.

The centre was officially opened by Cabinet Secretary Alex Neil MSP on 6 March 2012. The development was in response to the need for good quality business accommodation to stimulate the local economy, encourage new businesses to start and to attract business relocation into the area.