A leading international business has opened a new headquarters in Banbury, bringing 120 jobs to the town.
Security solutions company G4S has made the former Vodafone site at Banbury Business Park near Adderbury the new home of its facilities management business, G4S Integrated Services.
An official opening was attended by Sir Tony Baldry MP last month.
Bob Taylor, G4S’ managing director for Integrated Services, said: “We were attracted to Banbury because of the town’s excellent transport links and highly-skilled workforce.
“Over the past ten years we have grown our facilities management business into a UK market leader, with a turnover of more than £250 million. This new office in Banbury will provide an important launch pad from which to base the next phase of our expansion.”
Banbury will also be the main office for G4S’ global chief operating officer, Eddie Aston, who oversees operations for the company’s 620,000-strong workforce around the world.
The company’s facilities management business services more than three million square metres of premises including the Met Office, hospitals, health centres, schools and businesses across the UK. It will manage its 7,500 employees from the new base.
More than 20 people from the Banbury area have been hired as part of the move to the town.
Sir Tony said: “G4S is a global British enterprise and it is fantastic they have chosen to locate this important part of their operation in Banbury.
“The jobs, skills and income that will be generated as a result of G4S’ move will be a great benefit to the local community. It is undoubtedly a vote of confidence in Banbury and reinforces the town’s attractiveness to national and international businesses.”