Jobs boost as company set to take on 20 staff

Marishal Thompson Associate Director Rob Angus.
Marishal Thompson Associate Director Rob Angus.

The purchase of an Alnwick-based company by an international group has given the town another welcome jobs boost.

Marishal Thompson Group (MT), an environmental consultancy business, was bought at the end of May by The Innovation Group in a deal worth £5.2million.

This means that the firm, which has its head office in Alnwick, is looking to expand and recruit locally.

Through an open day taking place next week, they are looking to take on insurance claims handlers and business administrators immediately, with another 20 to 25 new roles anticipated by the end of the year.

The day is an opportunity for anyone who may be interested to turn up, find out a bit more and see if it’s for them – it is informal and no appointments are necessary.

And it comes hot on the heels of the creation of 40 jobs in the town by LYNX Fishing, which held a recruitment fair at the end of April.

MT Group general manager Lisa Davison said: “Becoming part of The Innovation Group will ensure the future success of Marishal Thompson, allowing us to expand within our current markets, creating new jobs and securing the future for all our employees.

“This is an exciting move for us which has brought with it much-needed employment opportunities for local people.

“It’s great to be part of a local success story and to see this level of investment being brought to the area.”

MT started out in 1992 as a forestry and land-management business, planting more than two million trees in Northumberland. Now they specialise in areas such as consultancy and site investigation as well as their core focus on subsidence insurance.

Following the acquisition, MT, which employs 65 people across the UK, has been told to expect a 400 per cent upturn in business so there is potential for even more expansion in Alnwick.

The company already has two units at Greensfield Court, and now has another at Cawledge Business Park, with the possibility of expanding even further.

The open day takes place at the company’s new offices at Unit 9 in Cawledge Business Park on Thursday, June 14, between 3pm and 8pm. Anyone interested is asked to take along a CV.