THE local branch of a recruitment firm will soon be moving into a much more prominent city centre unit, that was once the subject of a prime time TV series.
Stafforce currently has its Bradford base on Salem Street, but will be moving into the former Candelisa People unit on North Parade in June.
Candelisa became famous in 2015 when it was the subject of four part fly on the wall documentary series The Job Centre.
However, despite the show’s success the business closed at the end of that year due to cash flow problems, and the large, prominent unit had remained empty ever since.
Stafforce hope that the move to the unit will not only boost its profile, and allow its Bradford base to expand, but also add to the vibrancy of the street, recently named one of the best high streets in the country.
The company has support from Bradford Council, which has provided a grant of £12,000 to help refurbish and bring back to use the empty building, as well as a business rate relief.
Julie Bates, senior business manager, said the company has already hired an extra member of staff in preparation for the move.
She added: “We are really excited about the move. It is a much more central place for us, and it is much more bright. We’ve been at our current site for 13 years, but this office is not really fit for us any more.
“We get the keys on May 1 and we hope to be opening in June.
“The council have helped us because it is helping re-open another city centre building, they don’t want it to stay empty.
“We have six staff at the moment, but we’re looking to grow. We’ve taken someone on because of the move, and hopefully because of this new base and the extra customers we’ll be able to grow further.”
The Bradford branch of Stafforce helps people across the district help find work with local businesses.
North Parade has been one of the main areas to benefit from the city’s expanding “independent quarter,” and although now most famous for its bars and cafes, the street also recently saw the opening of Locate Properties in another prominent empty unit.
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