Business development manager to drive growth across Teesside and North Yorkshire

Matt Chojnacki-Wood
Matt Chojnacki-Wood, business development manager at HLA Services

South Tyneside-based, HLA Services, has announced the appointment of Matt Chojnacki-Wood as business development manager.

Matt’s appointment follows a successful start to 2021 for HLA Services, having recently secured NHS contracts worth over £1 million and with expectations for turnover to reach pre-covid levels of £12.5 million this year.

Located in Boldon, the company employs over 100 people and has satellite offices in Teesside, Cumbria and North Yorkshire. It works across numerous sectors including construction, manufacturing, retail, education and hospitality and is one of the North East’s leading mechanical, air conditioning, climate change and temperature control specialists.

In his new role, Matt will look to replicate the success HLA Services has had across Tyneside and Northumberland with a focus on Teesside and North Yorkshire, as well as assisting those departments within the company offering turnkey mechanical works to further expand by improving brand awareness amongst new and existing clients in the construction sector.

Matt, said: “I have joined HLA Services after 15 years in the automotive industry with Benfield Motor Group and latterly Lookers. Having spent the last five years in a business development role I needed a change and to challenge myself working in a different environment.

“During my time with Benfield Motor Group I particularly identified with the family feel and this is why the position at HLA Services appealed to me. I met directors, Neil Henry and Paul Smith on three occasions prior to my appointment and I liked their conscientious approach, ensuring I was the correct fit for the company.”

Director, Paul Smith, said: “As we continue to develop the team, Neil and I want to make sure that whoever joins fits in with our ambitions, growth plans and, most importantly, our values.

“Matt has a wealth of experience under his belt and will complement, Steve Grehan, business development manager for Tyneside, bringing a fresh approach and valuable skills to hasten our growth.

“Sustainability and renewable energy, particularly its impact on infrastructure, is a strong focus for us and we want to get ahead of the curve. We continue our pledge and commitment to reduce carbon emissions in line with the Government’s target of reaching net zero by 2050.

“Greener technology is key. We want to minimise carbon use and provide customers with an option, for example, offering air source heat pumps as an alternative to a gas boiler. As well as having electric charging points at our locations, we now offer this as part of our service to customers and where required, we will also be available to install electric charging points for them.”