A mortgage advice centre is moving to bigger premises.

Staff at the Mortgage Service Centres, in Neville House, Bondgate, Darlington, will move to another office in Bondgate between June 20 and 23.

The company offers advice and packaging service for mortgages and secured loans.

It employs ten staff at its Darlington office and has a network of about 200 to 300 people across the UK, who recommend clients to the centre.

The centre has been based in Darlington for nine years and is directly authorised by the financial services authority.

Loans director Andy Colville said the move will benefit staff and customers.

"At the moment, we are in a small cramped space, it isn't user-friendly.

"The new building is not cramped and has full access for disabled customers. It is a fantastic move for staff and clients."

New Government regulations governing the qualifications of mortgage and loan advisors were introduced in November 2004 and January 2005, and have resulted in a mass exodus of advisors.

Prior to November 2004, there were about 35,000 qualified registered advisors, the figure is now less than 15,000.

Mr Colville said the centre's staff are currently undergoing extra training.