Private health insurance specialist Chase Templeton has signalled its future growth ambitions by unveiling plans to move its headquarters to spacious new premises in Blackburn.
Chase Templeton has signed a five year lease on a dedicated two-storey building at Arkwright Court, just off junction four of the M65. The property will provide the fast-growing company with nearly twice the office space it occupies at its current base at the Blackburn Enterprise Centre.
“Our past and planned growth mean we urgently need bigger, dedicated premises,” commented chief executive officer, Warren Dickson. “The new offices will future-proof us for some time, giving us room to grow staff numbers by around 100 percent. With a dedicated building we’ll also be able to use space much more efficiently.” He added: “The offices have been carefully selected so as to be easily accessible to our existing staff and provide them and those that join them in the future with an excellent, well equipped, modern working environment.”
Having just signed the lease and agreed internal design plans the company plans to move its operation to the new 5,250 sq.ft. premises in early November. The new air-conditioned building will offer staff on-site parking and incorporate a specially designed “break out” area where they can relax and prepare their own food.
Established in 2002 Chase Templeton now employs 60 staff split between its Blackburn headquarters and offices in Bridgwater, Somerset. Last month the company confirmed plans to step up the acquisition programme which this year has already seen it complete ten purchases and added some £15m to its annual premium income. With another major deal pipelined is confident of breaching the £100m premium income barrier before its financial year closes at the end of this month. Turnover is also set to exceed £12m with the company now serving well over 30,000 individual and corporate clients.
“We’ve still got a real appetite for acquisition driven growth and sizeable funds to satiate it. In acquiring books and business of all sizes, and adding value to them, we will of course also be creating new job opportunities in Blackburn and Bridgewater,” said Mr. Dickson.