Hartlepool firm goes global with opening of new office in South Africa

Staff at the new Utility Alliance office in South Africa.
Staff at the new Utility Alliance office in South Africa.

Hartlepool-based Utility Alliance has gone international after opening an operation on the other side of the globe.

Just over three years after Utility Alliance was created, the business opened the doors of a fourth office, in South Africa.

Based in Umhlanga, a town north of Durban, this office follows the opening of premises in Newcastle and Sheffield, as well as the headquarters based on Hartlepool Marina.

Two weeks ago, a group of staff from Utility Alliance made the 6,000-mile trip to begin training the newest members of the company in South Africa.

Darren Sutherland, Utility Alliance’s chief executive, is in South Africa to oversee the launch, which was made public yesterday.

He said: “International expansion was always a plan for Utility Alliance and after extensive research South Africa was the country that offered everything we were looking for.

“Durban is up and coming and the people are dynamic, enthusiastic for both life and work, driven and forward thinking which is exactly what UA strive for. We look forward to making history in South Africa.”

Sarah Fenwick, project manager at Utility Alliance, added: “I arrived in South Africa with three others from Utility Alliance excited to get started working on this new venture for UA.

“The attitude and determination of the new recruits is amazing! They have a hunger to learn and their knowledge retention is superb.

“The UA project team have worked flat out to get everything in place and ready for go live. It’s been great to have Darren here with us this week to see how things have developed in such a short space of time.”

Ian Willis, PR and marketing manager, said around 30 staff will be employed at the new office to begin with, and key members of staff from Hartlepool will make regular trips to South Africa to get it up and running.

He added: “We still have exciting plans for more growth within the UK. Our new office in Sheffield is up and running and we are looking elsewhere in the south.”