New jobs created by repair firm on Teesside

A Middlesbrough-based emergency call-out and repair business is to add 100 new employees to its Tees Valley workforce.

Homefix 24/7 currently employs 60 people at its Middlesbrough head office and a further 160 in its main UK depot in Stockton.

Company bosses say they will be employing call centre staff and tradesmen across the area in January.

It is part of a nationwide expansion plan.

The plans involve establishing a number of depots in various parts of the country, following the model established in the North East, with both directly-employed and affiliate tradesmen.

Calls rise

Homefix 24/7, which deals with a full range of home call-out services, including plumbing, electrical and pest infestations, said sites across the North East were being considered, as well as in other parts of the country.

It said it had seen a 60% rise in calls during the recent cold weather.

Managing director Gordon McWhinney said: "With 15,000 homes already signed up to service contracts, we are looking for tradesmen across the country.

"There are many people with skills such as plumbing and electrical repairs who are out of work, so we know that there is a workforce ready to be employed and become part of the Homefix 24/7 team."