Major company moves head office to Brighouse town centre and plans to create 'up to 80' new jobs

James Howard (back left) with the Yorkshire Payments senior team outside the new office on Bethel Street
James Howard (back left) with the Yorkshire Payments senior team outside the new office on Bethel Street

A Brighouse-based payment technology company whose clients include The Piece Hall, Harrogate Spring water and icelolly.com has relocated to a new 5,850 square foot office in the town centre as part of a six-figure investment that plans to create up to 80 new jobs.

Yorkshire Payments has moved its operations to the grade two listed former Bethel Chapel building on Bethel Street.

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Commenting on the move, Yorkshire Payments founder and managing director, James Howard, said: “As a business, we are fiercely proud to be based in Brighouse and we want to buck the trend by moving back to the high street rather than away from it. Our whole way of doing business is centred around supporting independent, local and regional companies, and we’d be contradicting that if we tucked ourselves away at on out-of-town business park.

“As part of our move back to the town centre to increase our office space from 900 square foot to almost 6,000 square foot, we hope to help attract new customers and clients to the shops and businesses in Brighouse.

“We have hundreds of meetings each month with individuals and companies from all over Yorkshire, and we hope the retailers that surround us in the town centre will be able to capitalise on this additional footfall to the high street.

Mr Howard said the business also plans to create further jobs as part of the move. He added:

“We are looking to recruit for between sixty to eighty new staff over the next 36 months as part of the growth of Yorkshire Payments, all of whom will be based out of the new head office, and we’d love to hear from people who think they might like to join us across a variety of roles.”

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Mr Howard added that the company’s new HQ would be “a world away” from its current location. He said: “We have invested heavily in refurbishing the space to create a state-of-the-art environment for colleagues and clients alike.

“Team members will be able to make use of a relaxation area including games consoles and a brand-new canteen, and we are even planning on installing a fully functioning bar that will double as our boardroom and allow us to demonstrate our card payment solutions in a real-life payment scenario.

“Our new head office will also be a paper-lite environment fitted with state-of-the-art LED lighting to help minimise our carbon footprint.”

The move comes as part of a strategic plan to accommodate further growth for the business, which processed a record half-a-billion pounds in card transactions through its systems in the last 12 months.

The company now has over 3,500 clients across Yorkshire including some of the region’s best-known sports venues and tourist attractions such as The John Smith’s Stadium, Bradford City Football Club, Cannon Hall Farm and The Piece Hall.

International brands the company now works with include Harrogate Spring water, travel brand icelolly.com, global workwear manufacturer, Snickers Workwear and household white goods manufacturer, White Knight.

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