Rochdale proves a safe bet

Rochdale proves a safe bet

A North West tech company which helps keep lone workers safe is planning to expand and create new jobs following its recent move into Rochdale.

Lone Worker Solutions has just set up its new base in the Crown Business Park in Castleton following a move from Bury.

The growth comes as the company has just secured a contract with the biggest utility company in America, American Water.

The utilities firm has invested in the company’s newest platform which helps workers stay safe when they’re working on their own, often in remote locations.

Lone Worker Solutions was looking for new premises to help it grow and meet an increasing demand for its services, which led to it investing in Rochdale.

It was given advice and support by the council and Rochdale Development Agency, who helped to source the right building and location for the burgeoning business.

After months of negotiations, the firm decided that Rochdale’s excellent transport links and ambitious plans for growth made it the ideal place to relocate to.

Managing director George Stavrinidis said: “We really wanted a location which would be easy for all our staff to access and we just fell in love with this unit.

“The RDA and council were really helpful throughout the process and it was very straightforward. It’s a really exciting time for us.

“We are currently applying for an international patent on our latest piece of technology and we’ve just secured this huge contract with American Water.

“We already employ 14 people and we’ll definitely be looking to employ more people in the future, to help us meet the increasing demand for our services.”

As well as American Water, which supplies 15 million people across 47 states, the company also has contracts with Network Rail, Vodafone, Siemens, Northumbrian Water and, closer to home, RBH.

Steve Rumbelow, chief executive of Rochdale Borough Council, added: “With excellent transport links, an abundance of top quality premises, a business friendly council and one of the fastest broadband speeds in the country, Rochdale is the most enterprising borough in Greater Manchester.

“I’m really pleased to welcome a company that’s leading its field and securing major contracts around the world.

“It’s clear that they will continue to thrive here in Rochdale and create great job opportunities for our residents.”