HOUSING provider Bernicia’s plans to relocate to Ashington were given an enthusiastic welcome at the launch of its latest annual report.
Bernicia staff met Northumberland county councillors and board members at the Ashington Institute to celebrate the company’s success since it was formed in 2008.
An exhibition was also staged to offer an insight into the organisation’s plans to build a 40,000 sq ft headquarters at Ashwood Business Park
The company’s move from Newcastle to Ashington will create 200 jobs on top of the 100 being relocated.
Speaking at the launch event, Wansbeck MP Ian Lavery said: “I am proud to be associated with the fantastic work that Bernicia does in the local area.
“We share a passion for the people of south east Northumberland and a drive to improve life in the region.
“The building of the new headquarters in Ashington will give a real boost to the area, bringing jobs and opportunities.
“This will make a difference to young people, giving them confidence, self-esteem and pride in their neighbourhoods and themselves.”
Bernicia deputy chief executive John Johnston added: “We owe a huge debt to the tireless work and dedication of our staff, board members, tenants and partners, particularly the county council and our contractors and consultants.”