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118 trades looks to help regenerate areas with job creation


Daniel Corby, CEO and founder 118 trades says has announced that the future growth of the 118 trades business will more than likely be achieved through the company opening new call centres in areas of deprivation and high unemployment.

118 trades will consider opening a call centre of upto 400 people in an unemployment black-spot and at the same time launch a Sales and skill academy, which will underpin the business.

Speaking about the news, Daniel Corby, CEO said “We have traded very well from call centres in Chelmsford and Harlow, but we are absolutely focussed on building the business through additional centres in other parts of the country and will actively pursue unemployment black spots to create a WIN-WIN situation for both the business and the local economy. There are many office buildings vacant in these areas and a huge number of them are more than likely government owned. It makes absolute sense for 118 trades to take these buildings on, grow our own business and support the local area at the same time. We can not grow our own business sufficiently from just the current locations, and this is a great win for the business”

118 trades is the UK’s leading directory service of tradespeople and businesses with checkable references. The business was founded in 2005 and has achieved the status of the UK’s fastest growing directory business.

The business operates from Chelmsford and last week announced plans to open a new 450 seat state of the art call and customer contact centre in Chelmer Village from September 2006.

Local governments or council departments with vacant office space that operate in areas of high unemployment should e-mail setting out the space available and any incentives that may be on offer.

Notes to Editors

118 trades, is part of the wider 118 Group which now includes 118 telecoms, 118 gethitched, fido local and has other interests in Advertising, New Media and Publishing. The group expects to employ around 1,000 people within the next year.

118 trades is planning to float on AIM in 2007 / 2008 and hired business veteran, Richard Allan to Chair the business last month, joining Bradley Chapman as commercial director who has been with the business since June 2005.


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