Up to 600 jobs could be created on the Isle of Wight after the Council’s Executive Committee gave the green light to bring a new call centre to the Island.

The council’s newly appointed Cabinet met for the first time last night (Thursday), where members agreed unanimously to invest up to £2.1 million in the new employment venture.

The investment will come from the council’s capital funds – not those used for the delivery of day-to-day council services – and will enable the set-up of a new contact centre, which supports a number of well-known brands.

Councillor Dave Stewart, leader of the Isle of Wight Council, said:

“The Cabinet was very pleased to endorse this significant investment in promoting the future prosperity of our local economy. In supporting this innovative venture, the council is taking an active role in creating 600 new, quality jobs for Islanders, in line with our regeneration strategy.

We said we’d bring new jobs and prosperity to the Island, and already I am pleased to say we are delivering on this commitment.”

Subject to the final negotiations, to confirm this is within our affordability envelope this will also provide a valuable opportunity for the council to further rationalise its own estate, enabling further service improvements, productivity and savings.