South Tyneside services firm HLA services expands into Teesside

Journal-HLA-TeesideFacilities management specialist HLA Services hopes to increase headcount and turnover by 10% following significant expansion this year.

Originally based in Sunderland, HLA moved to larger, 5,000 sq ft premises in Boldon.

The firm’s contracts include Nissan, Caterpillar and Newcastle International Airport. Specialising in facilities support, air conditioning, heating, ventilation, plumbing and electrical services.

HLA has also opened its second regional office in Middlesbrough, aiding service to clients in the southern area of the region and providing support to the Boldon-based head office, which oversees the management the company’s regional and national accounts.

Tony Walsh, Gary Jones and Dave Allen have joined the team as air conditioning and refrigeration engineer, air conditioning and heating engineer, and manager, respectively.

“We are delighted to welcome Tony, Gary and Dave to the team at what promises to be a very exciting time for the business. All three boast a wealth of knowledge, with over 70 years’ experience between them, and will help us build on the strong service offering that we are renowned for. The opening of our Middlesbrough office will help us firmly establish HLA Services in the south of the region and allow us provide an even better service to clients in this area, as they will now have additional engineers located in close proximity to their offices. Our Boldon base will continue to act as our head office and provide support to our growing national client base and those based in the north of the region.” Neil Henry, HLA service director

HLA now employ over 100 staff, with its highest ever turnover of £8m and in this financial quarter it has experienced a further 10% increase in growth and is hoping to further build on last year’s success. Over the next year the HLA aims to further increase its workforce recruiting additional staff and apprentices, as well as boost turnover by a additional 10%.

“We have experienced a fantastic rate of growth over the last few years and we hope that this pattern will continue in the future. In 2014 alone we have created 11 jobs, which we feel is a huge achievement given the current economic climate. With over half of the year still to go we are confident that this number will continue to increase.” Neil Henry, HLA service director

One of its key growth areas in recent years has been renewables and the environment, as it is able to offer green and energy efficient systems including biomass boilers, solar panels and energy efficient lighting.