Economic gloom lifted a little by firms' jobs boost
Dozens of jobs are being created by two businesses, helping to lift some of the recent economic gloom.
Solar panel installer Solar Style Solutions UK is filling more than 100 vacancies after announcing it was opening an office in Leicester.
Security company G4S Monitoring Technologies plans to take on 10 new staff at its factory in Meridian Business Park, Braunstone, where it designs and builds electronic prisoner tags.
Solar Style, which has its head office in Stockton on Tees, in the north east, provides renewable energy for homeowners around the UK. The jobs it is creating in Leicester include marketing representatives, telesales workers and administration posts.
A number of people have already been taken on.
Leicester East MP Keith Vaz will formally open the new Leicester offices in Humberstone House, in Humberstone Gate, on Friday.
G4S said it was creating posts at its Braunstone plant after it was part of a consortium which successfully bid for an 80 million euro (£68 million) contract to supply security tags for the French ministry of justice.
The business – in a partnership that includes French security companies Thales and Onet – will provide 16,000 tags and monitoring equipment for the French government in a four-year deal that could be extended to six years.
G4S Monitoring Technologies already employs 60 people at Meridian and will be taking that number up to 70.
Managing director David Byrne said they had 50,000 monitoring devices being used around the world, including 16,000 in the UK.
He said: "This is a big deal for us, and we hope to grow even further.
"G4S has been involved in electronic monitoring for almost 20 years and has consolidated its work in Leicester over the past two years.
"We have a lot of exciting opportunities, particularly in Latin America and the Middle East at the moment and if they come through I don't see why we won't have the same sort of growth we will see with the French contract."
Leicestershire Chamber of Commerce chief executive Martin Traynor said despite disappointing economic growth figures yesterday, which revealed the economy shrank by 0.3 per cent at the end of 2012, the new jobs were signs the local economy was beginning to recover. He said: "We are creating jobs here, very few of which are unskilled. Companies are still trying to take people on."
Earlier this week, fast food chain McDonald's said it was creating 40 jobs in more than 10 county outlets.