A North East housing association is expanding its in-house repairs and maintenance division southwards, creating a further 31 jobs for the company.
Bernicia Group says it is investing £1 million in the expansion. From April, repairs to 4,000 of its homes from Gateshead to Teesside, will delivered by the new team. They will operate out of a newly fitted-out depot in Spenymoor and offices in Pity Me, Durham.
The joiners, gas engineers, plumbers, bricklayers and administrators will join Bernicia’s Property Maintenance Division, increasing the division’s staffing numbers to 175 across the business and annual turnover to more than £15 million.
The company said this southern area expansion replicates the business model it has already employed in Bernicia’s northern operations, which delivers 75,000 repairs each year to 10,000 properties across Northumberland, North Tyneside and Newcastle.
“This £1 million expansion is a further demonstration of the commitment we have given to invest in the region,” said chief executive John Johnston. “Bernicia is an authentic housing association, entirely focused on the North East, with a genuine commitment to local communities and the overall prosperity of our region.
“We have a corporate mission to invest in homes, services and people and have committed £190 million over the next five years to do so. We’ve listened to our tenants, who told us just how much they value the quality of the service directly delivered by our Property Maintenance Division.
“The investment to expand our southern operations responds to this, enabling us to deliver a greater range of quality services, alongside future work experience and apprenticeship opportunities.”
Main image: Bernicia chief executive, John Johnston (foreground), with the existing Property Maintenance Division and fleet