A company which was founded in Bispham with just six staff is now set to employ 600 after announcing 100 new jobs today.
AI Claims Solutions, part of the Quindell group, is set to take on the staff after the group won several significant contracts this year.
It handles all aspects of motor insurance claims from its call centre based at Frank Whittle Way on Blackpool Business Park.
The jobs will be call centre roles and are set to be filled within the next six months.
AI was founded by Blackpool solicitor Andrew Gorton in 1991, becoming Auto Indemnity in 1996, and it originally operated out of the Blackpool Technology Management Centre, in Faraday Way, Bispham.
It floated on the AIM (the stock exchange for smaller companies) in December 1999 and moved to its current offices in 2002.
In April this year it was bought by technology expert Quindell which specialises in software, consulting and technology-enabled outsourcing.
Quindell has just won contracts outside of the traditional insurer and broker market with The RAC, Honda and Renault plus with one of UK’s largest accident management companies adding to the over 50 independent outsourcing and referral partners it works with.
Jill Harrison, Chief Human Resources Officer, Quindell Services, said: “We are delighted to announce a further 100 job opportunities in Blackpool to support the growing demand for our insurance services offering.
“Our focus remains to continue to deliver beneficial solutions that drive down the cost of claims for the insurance industry and therefore ultimately the cost of insurance for consumers.”
She added that Quindell were hoping to fill all of these positions in the coming months and with further contract pipeline activities, the number of employment opportunities may increase again before the end of 2013.
Fred Jackson, cabinet member for urban regeneration at Blackpool Council was delighted to hear of 100 jobs coming to the South Shore area.
He said: “I am very pleased to hear that a Blackpool business is expanding and employing so many people.
“This is great news for the area and great news for the people involved and their families and will certainly have a positive impact on the local economy.”