Ascensos, a Scottish outsourced customer services jobs provider, will launch a Stranraer base in the next three months, creating 100 jobs as part of a plan to hire 500 people for six new hubs.
Announcing the Stranraer hub, Ascensos chief executive John Devlin said: “We know a lack of job prospects for young people in the area is a real concern, and we are setting out to change that.”
Motherwell-based Ascensos, which hires approximately 3,000 workers across operations in Glasgow, the Isle of Wight, Bucharest and Istanbul, said Stranraer would be the first of what was projected to be six “local hubs” in the UK.
Ascensos, which counts B&Q, KFC, and Peloton among its clients, could not disclose how many of the new hubs would be in Scotland at this time, according to a spokesperson. The hubs, according to Ascensos, will “bring high-quality digital jobs to rural communities, with personnel primarily working from home.”
Asked how Ascensos’s total workforce compared with that pre-pandemic, the spokeswoman replied: “Around 1,000 new jobs have been created over the last month, taking the total Europe-wide workforce to 3,000 versus 2,000 pre-pandemics.”
Mr Devlin said: “This new hub will bring 100 permanent jobs to Stranraer and the surrounding area, and we predict the local economic impact of these new jobs will be incredibly positive.”
He added, “The new jobs we are creating will offer a variety of opportunities, and not just for young people. This type of role is ideal for people returning to the job market after a break and those looking to switch careers. Galloway is a place I know well, and Stranraer was top of the list of Scottish towns we wanted to invest in. It offers an amazing quality of life that dovetails perfectly with working from home career. As a company, we also understand the importance of community. The community spirit in Stranraer is inspiring, and it’s something we very much want to be part of.”
Romano Petrucci, who chairs Stranraer Development Trust, said: “This is the most fantastic boost to Stranraer, and we look forward to supporting John and his team as they go about creating jobs for countless people and families in the area. We have always said that Stranraer is a place of untapped potential, and it’s wonderful to see a fast-growing company like Ascensos investing in Stranraer and its people.”
The Stranraer hub will be based at South Strand Street and operational from September, Ascensos noted, adding that a recruitment base would be located in Dumfries and Galloway College’s Stranraer campus from this week.