VSS choose Liverpool for headquarters
- Ventilation hygiene
leader has relocated to Liverpool from
- Hopes to employ 140
staff by 2017
- Move supported by the
Liverpool Mayoral Investment Fund and The North West Fund for Loans
The UK’s leading ventilation hygiene and
system surveying company has relocated to Liverpool from the south
of England and is using regional business funding to drive growth
and expansion plans.
Ventilation Surveys & Services Ltd (VSS)
has moved its head office from Hertfordshire to a 6,000 sq ft
premises on Sandon Way, which is also set to feature an industry
training centre with world-leading facilities.
The new premises will be home to teams who
will oversee VSS’s operations throughout the UK and Ireland, with
the firm hoping to employ up to 140 staff by 2017. Already,
VSS has taken on an additional 10 employees from Merseyside,
bringing its team to 40.
Its Liverpool base officially opened on 29 May
and was made possible with the help of The North West Fund for
Loans Plus, managed by FW Capital, and Liverpool’s Mayoral
Investment Fund, using Regional Growth Fund money.
Chief executive officer of VSS, George Friend,
says he is delighted that the company has become a part of the
Liverpool business community.
“This move was vital for the growth of our
company and formed an integral part of our expansion plan,” he
“We originally considered a number of
locations for our new headquarters and training centre, but the
help we received from Liverpool City Council and FW Capital made
the decision an easy one for us and our new premises more than
meets all our requirements.
“We are looking forward to forming new
partnerships in the region and doing business with other Merseyside
companies. We have already met some fantastic new contacts and
completed deals locally, including the purchase of a fleet of vans
from a Liverpool dealership.”
VSS works with a wide range of clients,
including hospital trusts, schools, hotels and restaurants, from
single-outlet businesses to blue chip companies. Its services
cover a variety of vital safety procedures such as fire damper
testing, cleaning and maintenance of ductwork and extraction
systems, plus provision of validation and certification.
George continued: “One of our next steps will
be to set up a telesales office to support our business
development, for which we will soon be recruiting. We also
have big plans for our training centre, which will be unique in the
UK and home to facilities which will be among the best in the
world. Our aim is to provide the very best facilities for
industry training, featuring realistic practical scenarios.”
FW Capital provided VSS with a loan from The
North West Fund for Loans Plus to enable the company to expand from
its new Liverpool site. Investment executive Carol Bolland
commented: “VSS recognised the opportunities for businesses in the
North West of England and we were pleased to work closely with
Liverpool City Council to combine a loan from the North West Fund
for Loans Plus with finance from the Liverpool Mayoral Investment
Fund to help the company expand following their recent move to its
new Merseyside headquarters.
“VSS has an impressive and experienced
management team with some exciting plans for the future. The
move to Merseyside is an integral part of its growth strategy and
VSS is now well-placed to grow over the next five years with plans
to commence a recruitment drive already in place.”
The North West Fund for Loans Plus is part of
the wider North West Fund, which is financed by the European
Regional Development Fund and the European Investment Bank.
Liverpool’s Mayoral Investment Fund provided a
repayable grant to facilitate VSS’ move to the city and aid job
creation. Mayor Joe Anderson said this was a fantastic
example of a company making excellent use of the fund.
“The Mayoral Investment Fund is all about
helping businesses to make strong investments in our city’s economy
and to create employment,” he said.
“We are delighted that VSS will be a part of
Liverpool’s business community for the long-term, and that their
innovative plans will position the city at the forefront of the
UK’s ventilation hygiene industry.”