Granite Express Tom Hurst, chief investment officer at Sunderland City Council, with Mike Pearson

Granite firm relocates to Sunderland

A granite and quartz worktop supplier has outlined plans to relocate from Teesside to Wearside as part of a £300,000 investment.

Granitexpress has spent seven years in Middlesbrough but has taken the decision to move to Sunderland as part of its plans for UK-wide growth.

All of the existing staff were retained as the business took up its new home at Echo House, Pennywell.

The move coincides with the six-figure sum being invested in new equipment and the creation of two new jobs.

Over the next two years, Granitexpress will target new opportunities in Yorkshire, Lancashire, Cumbria, Cheshire and the Midlands, and also deepen its market penetration in Northumberland, Tyne and Wear, County Durham and the Tees Valley.

Irene Lucas CBE, chief executive of Sunderland City Council, said: "We're delighted to welcome Granitexpress to Sunderland and support its ongoing expansion.

"Its investment in Sunderland underlines the city's status as an ideal place for ambitious businesses, with great transport links, a rich pool of talent and a fantastic quality of life for staff."

Managing director Michael Pearson said the move "suits us very well".

"Logistically, Sunderland is close enough to the A19 to easily serve Tees Valley and North Yorkshire, where we have long-established customers," he added. "It also opens up great access to Cumbria, Tyne and Wear and Northumberland, bringing us much closer to all these key markets.

"We're very grateful to the city council’s business investment team, who gave us first class advice and support throughout the move, allowing us to set up smoothly and quickly in Sunderland."