A NORTH-EAST firm linked to the detergent industry is to create more jobs in a move which will see it double in size.

Warwick Equest - which supplies stained fabric swatches for testing -is moving from 5,000sq ft offices in Greencroft Industrial Park, Stanley, County Durham, to 10,000sq ft offices in Consett next month.

The firm, which employs 44 people, said the move will create jobs.

General manager Dr Jane Mathews said: "We have outgrown the existing premises and the extra space is vital for us to continue attracting new customers. It's a very exciting time here and we're looking forward to moving to the new facility and expanding the company."

Equest, which had been operating in the North-East for 15 years, was bought by North Wales-based Warwick International in November 2004.

It also plans to expand its market research arm of the business, to get feedback from the public.