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