New company gives Christmas jobs boost

PUBLISHED: 14:45 29 November 2001 | UPDATED: 10:56 03 March 2010

IT'S going to be a jobs-boost Christmas in Ipswich with the news that Taylor Price Direct Choice is looking to fill 200 vacancies at their new three-storey office block being built on the edge of town, The Evening Star can exclusively reveal today.

IT'S going to be a jobs-boost Christmas in Ipswich with the news that Taylor Price Direct Choice is looking to fill 200 vacancies at their new three-storey office block being built on the edge of town, The Evening Star can exclusively reveal today.

The insurance broker – which is the biggest independent in the country – is opening a new "multi thousand pound" centre at Claydon Business Park.

This is good news for job seekers, for the economy and for the business park which is also planning to open a new restaurant with conference facilities to help make the complex even more self-sufficient as it continues to grow.

Recruitment has already begun to fill the mammoth insurance vacancy list and managing partner, Adrian Parry said the Ipswich complex is desperately needed to help the Newmarket-based company continue its expansion.

Mr Parry told the Star: "When we opened our Newmarket offices just over 13 years ago we employed 26 people. We now have 145 and with 20 more coming in the next few weeks it is full."

He said that the insurance industry has taken a bit of a bashing in recent years and he was proud to say that his company is thriving.

"We have a flat structure, in other words there is no hierarchy as such and this gives everyone an incentive. We are looking for insurance technicians, either those with experience in the industry or those without direct knowledge that can be trained.

"When this new building is ready for occupation, that is in April next year, we will begin moving staff in straight away. Training in the meantime will be done at Newmarket," he added.

Mr Parry said: "In order to cope with demand the new offices are desperately needed. Claydon Business Park is absolutely ideally situated and we are very much looking forward to moving in."

Although Mr Parry was not prepared to disclose the exact price tag on the new complex he did say that, including salaries for the increased staff, rent, furniture and necessities, it was costing "several hundreds of thousands of pounds".

The three-storey building was designed by Hadleigh firm of architects, Wincer Kievenaar Partnership and is currently under construction by Ipswich-based RG Carter.

There is no definite date in April for the official opening but Sir Michael Lord, MP for Central Suffolk (where the business park is situated) has already agreed to do the honours.

Claydon Business Park was originally an army camp and in 1915 a Jersey industrialist, Edward Le Bas acquired the land and moved the British Steel Piling company here from London.

The Burrows family then gained interest in the site but then in 1982 Edward Le Bas Properties Limited was formed and the first tenant - Five Star Printing - moved in. They are still there.

Syd Brown, MD of the property company, said that the business park is continually expanding and reforming with a wide range of businesses taking up tenancies.

Of his latest occupant, for which Edward Le Bas Properties Limited is spending around £1 million on the building, Mr Brown said: "Taylor Price is a very welcome tenant, in a key position on the site and is a big employer. This is the only business of its kind on the park and its presence will add yet another dimension."

He said that the park has about £7.5 million of development yet to go, what with replacing the old-style shed-type buildings with new and filling up the few remaining vacant spaces.

Countrywide Commercial is the park's development advisors, and Edward Bellfield from the Ipswich company said: "This is a design and build site, one of the only ones of its kind in Ipswich. The tenant's own needs are met and the accommodation for Taylor Price, which is 9,300 sq ft area, has parking facilities for 45 vehicles."

n British Steel Piling (BSP) still occupies part of the complex and other tenants include Upstarts; The Dooley Rumble Group; Internet Advisory Service: ANC and Homecare Technologies, which is in the process of moving in from Stowmarket.

John Piper, works director of the company that makes plastic bottles and manufactures garden and household products, said their custom-built premises are going to be ideal for the 26 current employees and the additional ten that are planned for the near future.


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