LV = To Open New Offices In Huddersfield
on: March 15, 2010, 12:05 am
LV=, insurance, pensions and investments group, has announced
that it is opening new offices in Huddersfield. This is in addition to
LV=’s road rescue company, Britannia Rescue, which is already based in
Huddersfield town centre, employing around 100 people.
The new LV= offices will be in Folly Hall and are scheduled to open in July 2010.
This will also become the new home to Britannia Rescue, which will be moving from
its current offices in Station Buildings, where it has been based for over 20 years.
Having celebrated its 25th year of operation in Huddersfield last year, Britannia
Rescue has reached capacity at Station Buildings and needs to move to enable the
business to expand further.
As well as the Britannia Rescue management team, LV= will open a new 24-hour call
centre in Folly Hall to deal with both calls from LV= car insurance customers who have been involved in an
accident, and Britannia Rescue breakdown calls. The 24-hour service will also be
expanded to LV= home insurance
customers during 2010 and the new office is set to become the company’s primary
24-hour call centre.
The new jobs there will be advertised later in the year and will include customer
service advisor roles, team leader positions and management opportunities.
LV= is a leading mutual financial group with over 3.6 million members and customers.
The company offers a wide range of financial products including insurance, pensions and investments.
The new LV= office at Folly Hall will have the capacity for around 175 people. It is
located 10 minutes from the station in a Grade II listed building which has been
renovated as part of the regeneration of Huddersfield’s Waterfront Quarter.
Simon Stevens, general manager of LV=’s Huddersfield operation, said: “We are
delighted to be expanding in the town. Huddersfield has been a fantastic base for
our Britannia Rescue business and with our positive experience here we are confident
that Huddersfield will also be a great location for part of the LV= car insurance
“We are committed to Huddersfield and to providing new jobs in the area. LV= is a
fast-growing general insurer and when many other financial companies are making
redundancies we are actually expanding. This means that not only is there the
opportunity for local people to join us, but there are also great career prospects
and the chance to move up in the company.”
Cllr Mehboob Khan, Leader of Kirklees Council, said: “It is excellent news that such
a well known and respected company is investing in our area. We have a good
relationship with LV= through their Britannia Rescue operation which has been based
in the two for many years and we are delighted they have chosen to expand their
operation in Huddersfield and create jobs for local people. Working with Kirklees
businesses, from small traders to larger organisations, is one of the many ways in
which the council continues to tackle the problems caused by the recession."
Barry Sheerman, MP for Huddersfield, said: “The fact that LV=
is expanding in Huddersfield is an excellent omen. Increasingly Huddersfield is
being seen as an exceptional place to live and work, and in which to find talented
and hardworking employees. The Folly Hall scheme adds to the innovative regeneration
of our waterfront development and I hope that LV= and the town prosper together.”
Notes to editors:
LV= employs more than 3,800 people, serves more than 3.6 million customers and
members. LV= is also the UK’s largest friendly society (Association of Friendly
Societies Yearbook 2006/2007, total net assets) and a leading mutual financial
Britannia Rescue is the UK’s fourth largest road rescue organisation and is part of
the LV= group of companies. Britannia Rescue‘s network has over 3,000 breakdown
professionals nationwide and average response time is under 40 minutes.
For further information contact:
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020 8256 6896