Union Insurance to create 100 jobs as it opens first base in region

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A BUSINESS offering insurance protection to trade union members is creating more than 100 jobs at Wakefield after launching its first operation outside London.

Union Insurance has created a new call centre at Wakefield 41 Business Park, after investing £1.4m in the project.

With support from the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership’s Business Growth Programme, it has acquired and refurbished a 14,000 sq ft build- ing.

The organisation, which offers policies to members of leading trade unions including Unison, Unite, Usdaw and the GMB, has already recruited around 20 staff from the local area and will be employing more.

Managing director Dan Harrison said: “We have been established in London since 2000 and have built up a successful call centre employing around 125 staff. However, it’s difficult to grow our business any further in the capital because of escalating costs, so we wanted a base somewhere else to complement it.”

Union Insurance considered several locations across the UK for its second base but the Leeds City Region had been a clear winner, Mr Harrison said.

“The £100,000 grant from the Business Growth Programme has enabled our business to really forge ahead with our plans.”