MORE job opportunities are available after a company said it was on target to open a new £1 million office and warehouse this spring.
Central Medical Supplies, which is based in Leekbrook, was started 25 years ago by managing director Philip Champ to supply NHS trusts and private hospitals throughout the UK with a wide range of equipment, particularly for operating theatres, maternity units and in neonatal care.
Since its formation, the company has grown to have a turnover of £6 million a year and has diversified into retail sales of baby products through all the major retailers.
Now 27 members of staff are employed and, with the company growing at a steady 20 per cent a year, Mr Champ has now decided build bigger premises.
In July 2012 the company bought Laidrite Construction in Fynney Fields off Brooklands Way, Leekbrook, which employs an additional eight people.
The Laidrite site has plenty of available space and the new 15,000 square feet premises are presently being constructed on the adjoining land.
Central Medical Supplies is already advertising for three jobs, and expects to create more later on.
Mr Champ said: "Both the medical and retail side are growing at around 20 per cent a year.
"The Dr Brown baby products are selling into many major retail outlets including Boots, Mothercare, John Lewis, Tesco and Asda.
"The medical site has built up a good reputation and has supplied virtually every hospital in the UK with equipment, including many items for operating theatres.
"There is a demand for equipment from NHS and private hospitals. However many have tight budgets, so we are fighting competition.
"The £1 million investment shows our confidence in Leek.
"This is our fourth move due to our continued growth.
"We still have some land available to develop which will give us long-term growth security.
"We now have jobs available in the new premises and we hope that people will apply for them.
"An advertising campaign for new positions has now started.
"The new premises will give us room for more offices and warehousing space.
"This will also lead to more jobs being made available in the future as we continue to grow. We also have an apprentice scheme in the company.
"NatWest Bank has been very helpful.
"Banks have being getting bad press, but Paul Slinger has been very helpful and the first step of the project – gaining the funding – was the easy bit.
"We have also had help from the Regional Growth Fund in terms of a grant."
Jobs already advertised are for a retail sales administrator, receptionist and customer service apprentice
The company's present offices in Basford Lane have already been sold to another local business.