Welsh Minister opens Northgate’s Welsh Business Centre

23 September 2013

Jeff Cuthbert, the Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty, visited Wrexham today to open the Northgate Public Services Welsh Business Centre.

The new centre is the first Northgate has opened in Wales and its fourth in the UK. The company, which works with public sector organisations to provide effective public services, has created 25 jobs in Wrexham to date. The new business centre has been set up to manage the delivery of the Welsh Discretionary Assistance Fund which, since April has been administered by Northgate in partnership with Wrexham Borough Council and Family Fund Trading Ltd.

During his visit the Minister met with Sue Holloway, Director of Services Strategy at Northgate, Lee Robinson, Strategic and Performance Director and Cllr Mark Pritchard, Deputy Leader for Wrexham Council and talked to staff about their work.

The Minister commented: “It is good to meet those who are doing such important work to support people who are dealing with a crisis in their lives. This centre has a critical role in supporting the Welsh Government’s approach to poverty by helping the most vulnerable in our society who often have nowhere else to turn.”

Since April this year Northgate has been working in partnership with the Welsh Government to deliver the service, which aims to support vulnerable people and make a real difference, often at a time of crisis in their lives. To date, Northgate has already handled over 55,000 calls and processed nearly 11,000 Discretionary Assistance Fund applications.

Sue Holloway, Director of Services Strategy from Northgate Public Services, commented: “We are honoured that Minister Cuthbert was able to open our Welsh Business Centre today and meet some of our staff who are playing a vital role in the delivery of the Welsh Government’s Discretionary Assistance Fund. Northgate understands the potential this service has to make a real difference to people, often at a time of crisis in their lives. We are pleased to be boosting the local economy by creating local jobs. It is our ambition to grow and develop our Welsh Business Centre to create a sustainable business in Wrexham and expanding our work in Wales in the future.”