Forty new jobs – and the promise of more to come – from Fleetwood Town chairman Andy Pilley have been hailed as a major boost for the town.
Trade leaders have welcomed the new jobs, and say could be the key to helping turn Fleetwood’s economy around.
The 40 new staff at Mr Pilley’s steadily expanding commercial energy supplier are settling in to their roles in high-tech new offices at the football stadium.
Mr Pilley welcomed the employees to his company BES Utilities, based at the Highbury ground.
The company advertised the jobs in August and was inundated with applications to work in the offices installed above the Memorial Stand, which also houses a new bar and restaurant.
BES was founded by Mr Pilley in a spare bedroom in 2002. But it has grown into a group employing in excess of 350 people and with a turnover which is aiming to reach £80m this financial year.
Today he said: “It’s all about steady growth and we will be taking on more staff over the coming months when necessary. We have grown and we have something around 30,000 customers now and so we needed to take on staff to service our expanding customer services and metering departments.
“We had several hundred CVs come to us with lots of people looking for a career change. Electricity and power are never going out of fashion.
“The offices can hold up to 136 people. We have taken on 40 and moved another 40 from the other offices in the Parkside Stand which were full. They are superb, state-of-the-art, and they have a beautiful view too, looking out over the pitch. That is important, if you have good surroundings it helps with the mind-set of the people you employ and will be reflected in productivity.”
Chamber of Trade boss Derek Eaton said the new jobs were vital to help Fleetwood get back on track. He added: “It’s fantastic for the town, the money that is generated through these jobs – and we need a lot of that.
“If you look at the old industries we used to have here, the docks, ICI and the civil service, it’s wonderful to see new jobs created.” And Town Council leader Coun Alan Marsh said: “Fleetwood Town is great for the area, bringing jobs and supporters to games who spend money in the area.
“Long may it continue; jobs are jobs and that’s what’s important to Fleetwood.”