A GROWING company has moved to new 20,000 sq ft headquarters in Hereford's Skylon Park.

GB Electrical and Building Services Ltd relocated from its city centre site in Portland Street to the purpose-built site in Rotherwas.

The firm, which was started by husband and wife Terry and Sue Pickering in 1991, employs nearly 170 staff with a turnover in excess of £10 million a year, serving domestic, commercial and public sector customers and is now owned by the UK’s biggest name in electrical vehicle charging, Chargemaster.

Hereford and South Herefordshire MP, Jesse Norman, officially opened the new headquarters on the Hereford Enterprise Zone.

Mr Norman, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Department for Transport, said: “The opening is an absolutely fantastic boost, not just for GB Electricals with their new facility, but also for the Enterprise Zone and for Hereford and Herefordshire.

“It shows that actually businesses are growing incredibly fast in this county and shows the success of the Enterprise Zone. I came here with David Cameron a few years ago and it was a completely empty, flat site and now it is a booming, bustling zone full of new enterprises generating a lot of new jobs."

The new building is double the size of its previous home.

Managing director, Mr Pickering, said: “We had vastly outgrown our former home and the Enterprise Zone was the ideal location for us.

“As a local business employing local people and sub contractors and, with an established supply chain, we were keen to stay in Hereford so we worked closely with the team at the Enterprise Zone to develop a footprint for the future that suits our business and underpins our plans for growth, which includes recruiting more staff.”

Skylon Park is a 72-hectare site designated as the Enterprise Zone of The Marches Local Enterprise Partnership, the private sector-led organisation tasked with revitalising the economy of Herefordshire, Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin.

Chairman of the Enterprise Zone Board, Bill Jackson, said: “GB Electrical and Building Services Ltd is a fine example of a local business success story and we are delighted the Enterprise Zone has been able to provide a place for it to grow and thrive.

“This latest investment illustrates the flexibility that the Enterprise Zone can offer businesses to create their own vision for their future.”