A BRIGHOUSE-based firm has revealed ambitious plans to double its turnover by the end of next year.
It comes after Yorkshire Payments invested a six-figure sum to relocate its head office to a town centre location – the Grade II-listed former Bethel Chapel building on Bethel Street, parallel to the Brighouse’s main high street.
Managing director James Howard made the announcement at the official opening of the new 5,850 square-foot base.
Nearly 200 guests attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony at the transformed heritage building, which has undergone a period of extensive renovation to house the company’s growing 32-strong customer care, tech support, applications and relationship management teams.
Mr Howard said: “The move back to Brighouse town centre is part of a strategic plan to accommodate further growth for Yorkshire Payments over the next 12 months, including doubling our turnover to £4million.
“We are fiercely proud to be based in Brighouse, and our new head office provides the platform we need to chase our next stage of growth, which will include creating up to 80 new jobs over the next 36 months.”
He added: “Over the last year, we have added a further 500 clients to our books, taking our client roster to in excess of 3,500 businesses across Yorkshire.
“The key to this success has been the fact that all our team – from sales, to technicians, to customer care – is still based in Brighouse, meaning we can deliver a local, knowledgeable and speedy approach to customer care that the high street merchant service providers cannot.”
The company’s new head office features a relaxation area for staff with games consoles and flat-screen televisions, and a fully functioning ten-foot bar area with beer pumps serving real ale as part of a dedicated space that doubles as the company’s board room.
“We like to bring lots of personality to what we do, and unique additions such as our new bar area reflect that,” said Mr Howard.
“Installing our own bar in the office is a fun, creative way for us to differentiate ourselves from the competition while also allowing us to showcase our card payment solutions in an operational hospitality environment.”
Yorkshire Payments provides businesses with affordable ways to process card payments.
When the firm’s Brighouse town centre head office was announced, Mr Howard said the business wanted to “buck the trend” by moving back to the high street, rather than away from it.
He said: “Our whole way of doing business is centred around supporting independent, local and regional companies, and we’d be contradicting that if we tucked ourselves away at on out-of-town business park.”