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New offices for Eaga
Green support services provider Eaga is to relocate its main Newcastle base to the Tower at Regent Centre in Gosforth as part of a ground-breaking agreement with Newcastle City Council.
Completed in November last year, the nine-storey building on Regent Farm Road was originally built for Northern Rock.
It is widely regarded as one of greenest office developments in the North-East.
Newcastle-based Eaga will occupy more than two thirds of the available space. In fact, continuing growth means Eaga needs to find office space for up to 500 new starters this year alone.
The Tower has been acquired by Newcastle City Council and is being leased to Eaga in a move which will not only retain high quality jobs in Newcastle but also help provide a boost to the wider regional economy.
It will also be home to staff employed in a joint venture set up earlier this year between Eaga and Newcastle City Council to capitalise on new market opportunities in outsourcing services such as payroll, IT, benefits and council tax payments.
Paul Varley, Eaga Divisonal Managing Director, said: “This will undoubtedly aid our growth plans in existing and new markets but as a green support services provider our primary goal is to minimise our impact on the environment.
“Moving our people into these energy efficient new offices allows us to expand as a company but also reduce our carbon footprint at the same time. Newcastle Council share this goal and I’m delighted that our relationship has enabled this opportunity to fruition - I’m sure the added comfort for staff will also be welcomed.”
Eaga now has almost 5,000 staff in operations throughout the UK and from bases in Ireland, India and Canada. More than 1,500 are based here in the North-East, reflecting the company’s roots and commitment to this region.
Barry Rowland, acting Chief Executive for Newcastle City Council, said the announcement would boost the city’s commercial property sector and enhance its ambition of becoming a key location for knowledge intensive business services.
He added: “It is important to not just sit back and wait for the upturn to come. We are using our ability to invest to secure and create jobs and stimulate growth in the wider economy and to help the city region through a very challenging time.”
Notes to Editor
- Eaga plc is a green support services and outsourcing company. It is also the UK’s largest residential energy efficiency provider.
- Eaga was established in Newcastle in 1990 and operates across the UK and in the Republic of Ireland, India and Canada. It employs over 4,500 people.
- Eaga works in partnership with central and local Government, all six major energy suppliers, local authorities, social housing providers and is increasing its share of the able-to-pay private market.
- Since its inception, Eaga has made a positive difference to over 5 million disadvantaged households across the UK, by installing energy efficiency insulation and central heating.
- Eaga holds the contract to deliver the £1.5 billion Warm Front programme in England, the cornerstone of government's target to eliminate fuel poverty.
- Eaga was recently appointed by the BBC to deliver the Switchover Help Scheme to ensure eligible households can receive help making the switch from analogue to digital.
- Eaga is committed to co-ownership and is one of only a handful of UK organisations where every employee with over a year’s service is entitled to a share in the success of the business.
- Since 2000, Eaga has invested over £3 million in the independent Eaga Partnership Charitable Trust which funds research into solutions to fuel poverty.