Housing supply chain helping to boost local economy

Claire Scott (front row centre), with representatives from MK Electrics, Q Interiors, Trench Networks and HT Facilities.
Claire Scott (front row centre), with representatives from MK Electrics, Q Interiors, Trench Networks and HT Facilities.

New jobs are being created, thanks to a housing supply chain.

Arch Developments and its housebuilding arm Ascent Homes has seen the companies supplying goods and services help boost the local economy.

One to benefit is HT Facilities, which successfully tendered for work after three months in existence to clean properties at the Plessey Green site in Blyth.

Managing director Sue Dunn has doubled her workforce to four with plans to recruit a further member of staff.

Trench Networks provides Wi-Fi to Ascent Homes’ construction sites from the day that site cabins are installed.

Claire Hollyman, director, said: “As a result of our success, we have outgrown our original offices and are now moving into bigger offices at Blyth Workspace.”

Another two companies to benefit are MK Electrics, working on electrical installations, and Q Interiors, which downsized during the recession but is now hiring new staff because of its workload from Ascent Homes.

Claire Scott, head of sales and marketing for Ascent Homes, said: “Not only is Ascent Homes providing a wealth of high quality new housing in the county, we are also helping to generate new jobs whilst boosting the local economy.

“Arch also regularly holds Meet the Buyer events in a bid to use local contractors to carry out work on its other development schemes, so together, we are making a big contribution to the county.”