Jobs boost as part of com­pany’s £500,000 in­vest­ment

Leek Post & Times - - BUSINESS WEEKLY -

A LEEK busi­ness is in­vest­ing £500,000 in a ma­jor ex­pan­sion which will cre­ate seven new jobs.

SO Mar­ket­ing in Broad Street has been in the town three and a half years. Pre­vi­ously the busi­ness was lo­cated in Chapel Street, Cheadle where it out­grew the premises.

The busi­ness is jointly owned by di­rec­tors James Ab­ber­ley of Kings­ley and Richard Latham of Leek.

James said: “We are hop­ing to pur­chase the build­ing and are pre­pared to in­vest half a mil­lion pounds into the busi­ness to en­able us to ex­pand.

“We have got sup­port from Grants for Growth to help with the pur­chase.

“We want to make sure that we are in Leek for the next 25 years.

“The ex­pan­sion will cre­ate seven new jobs and we have im­me­di­ate va­can­cies for web de­vel­op­ers who have one to two years ex­pe­ri­ence.

“We now em­ploy 10 peo­ple, this will take us to 17. The com­pany is in its 12th year and now we have the larger premises with good park­ing a lot of the busi­ness is com­ing in through the door.

“The move from our smaller of­fices in Cheadle, where we were based for eight and a half years, to the large build­ing in Leek has been suc­cess­ful.

“We are a creative busi­ness and work to­gether as fam­ily.”

Richard said they had now grown into the largest agency in the Stafford­shire Moor­lands.

He said: “We shop for our items and ser­vices lo­cally.

“We have clients across the coun­try but there is a lot of work in Stafford­shire.

“We have now started to pick up clients in the Stafford­shire Moor­lands.

“I live in Leek and the busi­ness is here to stay in the town. We love the place and we have plenty of space and good park­ing fa­cil­i­ties.

“This in­vest­ment will give us sus­tain­abil­ity and we are pas­sion­ate about what we do.”

James said that the com­pany in­volved in char­ity work.

He said: “We are in­volved with the North Stafford­shire based Alice Char­ity which helps low in­come fam­i­lies. It is widely ac­knowl­edged that a child­hood spent in poverty ad­versely im­pacts is ed­u­ca­tion, oc­cu­pa­tion, in­come and ill health.

“We have a col­lec­tion point in our of­fices. Peo­ple can drop off any toy gift at our re­cep­tion be­fore De­cem­ber 10 and we will wrap it and then de­liver all of them to­gether. We also work with the Donna Louise.they feel pas­sion­ate about char­i­ties that ben­e­fit chil­dren.

He said: “We are lo­cal peo­ple and want to sup­port the town and char­i­ties.”

Di­rec­tors of SO Mar­ket­ing James Aber­ley and Richard Latham.

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