Friendly nature leads to a healthy boost in jobs for Sheffield

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More than 100 new jobs are to be created at a new customer response centre being set up in Sheffield by a healthcare company.

Ark Home Healthcare is moving to a base in the city centre following a pilot project carried out over the summer.

The company will be moving its head office and operational control centre to 7,000 sq feet of offices at The Square, Castlegate.

Mark Lavery, Ark chief executive officer, said: “We spent some considerable time evaluating our options when it came to sourcing the right location for our new centre.”

Jobs at the complex will include roles in finance, human resources, IT, planning and customer services.

Ark’s move was carried out with help from Creative Sheffield, the economic development arm of Sheffield Council.

Its business is a nationwide home and healthcare company looking after thousands of older people across the UK in the safety and comfort of their own homes.

Mr Lavery said: “There were a number of proposals on the table, but the consultative assistance we received from Creative Sheffield, together with their financial support for our enterprise, made a move to South Yorkshire a straightforward commercial decision at the end of the day.”

As part of the move, Ark plans to introduce new ways of working in a sector ‘that urgently needs to respond to the challenges associated with the UK’s rapidly ageing population’.

Mr Lavery said: “By setting up our centre to control our operational activity across the country, we are introducing something entirely new in the way both care at home and healthcare at home are delivered and managed in the UK.

“It is the particularly friendly and approachable nature of South Yorkshire people that led us to conclude Sheffield is the ideal location for what we have planned.”