HUNDREDS of new jobs will be coming to Bury town centre next month.

Exchange Utility, which provides energy and utility savings advice for businesses, has announced it will be moving to the refurbished Athenaeum House, in Market Street, creating 250 jobs in the process.

The company, which was formed just two years ago, expects to open the doors to its new offices in April, continuing a meteoric rise to success by adding to its current site in Heap Bridge, where 160 people are employed.

Exchange Utility directors Kelly Ivison and John Baker said: “Our renovation of Athenaeum House on Market Street allows us to grow our talented team of 160 people to 410. Bury represented the perfect fit for our company to continue to prosper, and make a real contribution to the local community.

“The opening of our site on Market Street, in addition to our current site on Bury New Road, Heap Bridge, puts us in prime locations to attract potential employees from right across the borough.

"It will give our employees excellent access to transport, leisure and retail. We are a company that pride ourselves on our friendly culture, and our mission to save businesses money.”

Council chiefs have also hailed the jobs boost, which the Bury Times first reported on in December.

Cllr Mike Connolly, leader of Bury Council, said: “Having a strong and thriving local economy is crucial for Bury, and helping to create and maintain that is one of the council’s very top priorities.

“We warmly welcome Exchange Utility to Bury; they are an excellent business, firmly founded on family values. This move secures further employment opportunities in the local area, as well as increasing footfall in the town centre. We will continue to work with the team at Exchange Utility to ensure that their move is successful.”

Ian Mitchell, district employment and partnership manager at Bury Job Centre Plus, said: “This is good news for the borough of Bury and the local economy. It will be a great boost for people out there who are looking to get back into work.”