Solar Style UK, of Leicester, creates new jobs at new base
A solar panel business has created 27 jobs at its new offices in Leicester and plans to increase its workforce to 100 in the coming months.
Solar Style UK opened its new premises in Humberstone House, in Humberstone Gate, earlier this month.
It is using it as a Midlands base to sell its solar energy products.
The new jobs being created are in areas such as telesales, team leaders and sales reps.
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Director Mohammed Akhtar, who launched the business in Stockton on Tees three years ago with Zaeem Yakub, said the time was right for a second base in the Midlands.
He said: "I'm from Leicester and we decided there was a good market here for our products.
"We are trying to introduce green energy and renewable energy and have been in business for three-and-a-half years.
"We turned over £4.5 million in the financial year to April 2012 and this year we hope to double that.
"The Leicester office will cover a huge area, including the East and West Midlands and heading down south.
"We've got a foot in the door now. Energy prices are rocketing and the only alternative is solar energy.
"There is competition in whatever you do but I think we are better than everyone else in the service we provide, the quality of our products and the back-up service."
Mr Aktar said as well as the city call centre they were taking on installers across the county.
The company marked the opening of its new city offices with a VIP reception.
Among the guests were Leicester East MP Keith Vaz, who said: "I warmly welcome this as it will create new jobs for the people of Leicester and bring new business into the area."
Leicestershire Chamber of Commerce chief executive Martin Traynor said the jobs were signs the local economy was beginning to recover. "We are creating jobs here. Companies are still trying to take people on."