Ipswich: A brighter tomorrow

DOZENS of jobs are set to be created in the New Year, boosting our hopes for Ipswich to become a beacon town.

Following yesterday’s news that 1,500 new jobs could be created in the town for the new John Lewis and Waitrose development, The Evening Star can today reveal a second boost for recruitment as insurance-based business Call Connection is set to employ 30 new people next year.

The Ipswich-based business has defied the current economic trends to announce it will be recruiting dozens of people in January after it won a number of contracts from leading UK insurance companies.

Managing director Graeme Kalbraier said: “The recruitment campaign will get under way in January and by April we want to have an additional 30 members of staff.

“Having won some new contracts, which are due to start in the first quarter of next year, things are looking very positive for 2012.

“So for Call Connection and Tiger.co.uk, it looks like a pretty good year to come.”

The business, based at Saxon House in Cromwell Square, has grown rapidly during the six years it has traded and now handles more than 50,000 calls a week through its call centre as well as more than a million visitors to its price comparison site, Tiger.co.uk.

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Mr Kalbraier’s established business, Call Connection, which already employs around 275 people, handles phone inquiries on behalf of insurers to match callers with the companies most likely to offer competitive quotes.

And Mr Kalbraier is right behind The Evening Star’s I Love Ipswich Beacon Town campaign.

He said: “At Call Connection we are fully supportive of I Love Ipswich and hope this news gives the town the confidence to move forward in the future.”

Yesterday it was announced that up to 1,500 new jobs could be created with the opening of a John Lewis At Home and a Waitrose superstore in Nacton Road.

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