BUILDING services firm EIC has opened a new base in Exeter as it continues to expand in the South West.
The office at Matford Business Park is the company's third delivery centre in the region.
The new Exeter office will work in conjunction with EIC's existing regional offices in Redruth and Plymouth, providing a wide range of mechanical, electrical, building fabric and facilities management services for customers across Devon and Cornwall.
Some of those who have joined EIC in the city were previously employed by Beale and Cole, the Marsh Barton-based building services company which went into administration in July.
Damian Salmon, South West regional director, said the opportunities available in the region had seen the firm accelerate its plans to open the Exeter office, bringing the launch forward by more than two years.
He said: "Despite the recession which has seen many contractors go to the wall over the last 12 months, EIC is bucking the trend by continuing to win new business across the South West. This success has led us to invest in this new office in Exeter. As Devon's largest city and key business centre, having a presence in Exeter was a logical move for us and was planned originally for 2012.
"However, as one of the leading building services contractors in the South West we are in the fortunate position of continuing to build up our client base and attract new employees, giving us the impetus to accelerate our plans. Having recently picked up a number of contracts in the area we felt it was appropriate to bring forward our expansion plan.
"This is in order to provide a local point of contact for those new clients while also maintaining our commitments to our existing customers."
Initially eight staff are based in the new office, with mechanical and electrical technicians working on sites across the county. It is hoped more jobs will be created as the company's local workload increases.
Project manager Steve Carter is one of five staff based at the Exeter office who previously worked for Beale and Cole.
With its national headquarters in Warwickshire, EIC now has a network of 13 regional offices from Cornwall to Scotland.
The Exeter site is the company's third new branch this year.