Yesss! Electrical firm picks Hull for UK launch
A PROPERTY deal in Hull has helped launch a nationwide electrical wholesale business, which could create thousands of jobs.
Garness Jones has agreed a lease for the premises at the Link 63 development in Brighton Street, west Hull, with Yesss Electrical, which will open an outlet for trade and the public next month.
Dave Garness, managing director of Hull-based property company Garness Jones, said the decision by Yesss Electrical to launch its new project in Hull is a sign of growing confidence in the area.
Mr Garness said: "We've seen an increase in enquiries for trade counter businesses recently, particularly in this area of Hull, which is popular for trade and retail outlets.
"Yesss Electrical is a new business and this outlet will be one of the first to be opened in the UK.
"This is an important deal creating jobs locally and it will be of growing significance nationally as the company rolls out its expansion programme."
His comments were echoed by Mark Nolan, York regional manager for Yesss Electrical, who said the investment is already bringing benefits for the local economy.
Mr Nolan confirmed that Yesss Electrical will launch its UK operation by opening trade counters in Hull and Dorset.
The French-owned business is then set to expand throughout the UK and expects to open 300 outlets over the next 10 years.
The Hull business will employ eight people initially with further recruitment as it expands.
Mr Nolan said: "We are part of a company that has 400 branches throughout Europe and we are now coming to the UK and aiming to open 300 branches in the next ten years.
"It is a massive investment that could be worth up to £90m overall.
"It will create a lot of jobs, starting with eight in Hull, and wherever possible, we will use local tradesmen when fitting out our premises."
Mr Nolan said the branches will begin to open next month and the head office in West Yorkshire will employ around 100 people from December.
He said: "We are looking for high-quality staff because the business is about modern technology and good, old-fashioned customer service."