A CALL centre firm has ramped up plans to create 1,200 North-East jobs after extending its presence in the region.

ResQ has moved into a second wing of its base at Seaham’s Spectrum Business Park, in east Durham.

Bosses say the extension will allow the business, which has already delivered about 300 jobs and provides sales and support services for businesses across the digital, energy, retail and insurance sectors, to continue its voyage towards 1,200 posts.

The office space was officially opened yesterday by Councillor Edward Bell, chairman of Durham County Council and elected member for Seaham.

He said: “As someone who was born and bred in Seaham, I am delighted to see more jobs being created here.”

ResQ, which already runs a base in Hull, arrived in the North-East last year whereupon chief executive Nic Marshall told The Northern Echo it needed greater space to cater for companies returning work to the UK from abroad.

Referring to its latest expansion, Mr Marshall said: “We are delighted at the growth we have experienced since setting up here and we look forward to expanding even further in the future.”

The firm has been supported by Business Durham, Durham County Council’s business division, on its expansion.