AN insurance and financial services company is expanding into the North-East with a new office in Stockton.

Brunel Group, which has a presence across the South of the country, is planning to expand in the North.

Brunel Insurance Brokers Ltd was founded by chief executive Russell Lane and managing director Matt Harlin in Bristol in 2017 and officially opened the Stockton office, which is in Preston Farm Industrial Estate, at the end of December.

Mr Lane is relocating to Teesside.

He said: "I love the North-East, and in particular, Teesside. I find the people very friendly, hardworking, there are lots of great places to eat, a lot of green space and to be honest the Parmo swung it. I am really excited about our move and expanding the business into the North-East."

He added: "We are lucky with our industry that we have managed to grow rapidly throughout the Covid crisis, and have continued working hard to support our clients throughout.

"We trade with over 150 insurers and this allows us to save clients significant sums of money and often improve their cover while our financial services team are very busy on tax planning and pensions ahead of next year.

"With the opening of our Stockton office, we are also looking to get involved in local charites and amateur sports clubs so please feel free to get in contact.

"The message is clear – whether you’re looking for better cover for you or your business, looking to save on your insurance, require bespoke financial planning or seeking a new career then get in touch."

The company is recruiting employees in a range of positions.