Pacifica Group celebrates success

Pacifica Group celebrates success

A training school set up by a North East domestic repairs business is celebrating a milestone and about to welcome eight new trainees.

The Pacifica Group operates nationally from its base in Chester-le-Street and delivers services for the domestic electrical appliance, heating and energy sectors.

The company set up a domestic repair training school at their national distribution centre in Washington with investment from HSBC and FW Capital through the North East Growth Plus Fund.

To date, 35 young people have trained at the academy – and all now have jobs with Pacifica, including recent graduate Lorna Newton, who became the company’s 100th domestic repair engineer.

Kevin Brown, Pacifica’s managing director, said: “Thanks to the financial injection offered by FW Capital and HSBC, we’re now the largest, and only, independent company training appliance repair engineers in the UK.

“We’re passionate about making sure our trainees have every opportunity to succeed and I’m proud that all 35 graduates are now employed by Pacifica.”

The company now has a turnover in excess of £25m and employs over 340 staff. New recruit Lorna, from Swindon, said: “I couldn’t believe I was the hundredth engineer. The training offered by Pacifica was fantastic and I’m really happy I was offered a job after completing the academy.”

FW Capital fund manager Joanne Whitfield said: “Pacifica have grown considerably since we offered mezzanine funding alongside HSBC in 2013. They have now repaid the £500,000 loan and we’re happy to see the training academy doing well and bringing skilled and highly skilled jobs to the area.”

HSBC corporate relationship director Ian Cameron said: “Following on from HSBC’s £1.16m funding package, we are delighted to hear of the success of the project. This support is part of a growing commitment from HSBC to North East businesses, including the launch of our £300m lending fund for Tyne Tees and Cumbria SMEs.”

Pacifica’s Kevin Brown said: “We’re incredibly thankful to Ian and Joanne for putting their faith in our company. Their support has allowed us to offer a skills injection to the regional and national economy.”

 

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