Can you Find it – Business © 2017 THE FULL STORY…LIBERATA CENTRE SET TO CREATE 200 NEW JOBSPublished in Can you find it Business Edition on Thursday, January 5th 2016
THE Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA) has awarded a grant of £800,000 to Liberata, one of the UK’s leading providers of outsourced business processes, to assist in the establishment of a new business centre that will create 200 jobs in Barrow.
The funding award coincides with the announcement that Liberata has secured a partnership extension with the local council to deliver revenue and benefits services to local citizens until 2018.
Liberata will develop the national Centre of Excellence (CoE) to process benefit claims and collect council tax for Barrow-in-Furness Borough Council and other local authorities across England. The company, which has been delivering these services in Barrow since 1998, is currently based at council-owned building Craven House.
Under a 12-year lease, Liberata’s Centre of Excellence will occupy 48,000 sq ft of Lake House at Furness Business Park, a building completed 12 months ago and developed directly by the NWDA.
The company entered into a 10-year partnership with the council in 1998. More than 50 employees currently deliver services to Barrow council and almost 100 London boroughs and other councils under a shared service centre model.
The extended contract is worth more than £26 million.
Peter Dobson, NWDA Selective Finance for Investment (SFI) team leader, said: “The NWDA is committed to helping companies improve their competitiveness and productivity, enabling them to achieve sustainable economic growth and we are delighted that Liberata have reinforced their commitment to Barrow.
“This move will not only create and safeguard a significant number of jobs, but will also enable the company to develop its national Centre of Excellence.
“It is a major step forward for the local economy – it will help to encourage confidence in Barrow as a great place to do business and it will complement the co-ordinated regeneration of the town.”
Terry Waiting, leader of Barrow council, said: “The new centre further supports the local community with quality job opportunities. It is another boost for the town that has resulted from the solid partnership between Barrow Borough Council and Liberata.”
Harry Knowles, chief executive of Furness Enterprise, added: “This project has been a good example of how a range of organisations can work together effectively to deliver investment, benefit the client and help the local community.’’