A Warwickshire company, which has helped create thousands of jobs in the UK, is creating a handful of its own as it expands its office.
EBS has taken additional office space at the University of Warwick Science Park’s Warwick Innovation Centre and is looking to add a further five staff to the team to support its ongoing growth.
EBS, which has been operating for more than 30 years and moved into the Innovation Centre in 2009, offers businesses from overseas a so-called ‘soft landing’ into the UK by providing a range of services from registering a business, opening a bank account, accountancy and other brokerage and advice.
It has, over the years, supported more than 2,000 companies to open an office in the UK – most of which have been in the Midlands – which has led to the creation of thousands of jobs.
Although EBS stands for European Business Solutions, the company has also seen trade with companies in South America increase, particularly with Argentina, Uruguay and Chile.
It has hit £1 million in turnover and plans to tip over the 20-staff mark with new recruits, while the company’s office expansion was supported by a Small Capital Grant through Warwickshire County Council.
Martin Williams, managing director of EBS, said global events have changed the way the company does business – but that it has adapted and grown.
He said: “Over recent years, we have had Brexit and Covid that have had a massive impact on overseas trade in this country.
“As a business, you have to adapt and we’ve actually found that European companies need our services even more to help them invest and open offices here.
“We’ve also looked to other markets and we now have a representative in South America and that is leading to more opportunities out there.
“The Commonwealth Games in Birmingham was also a boost for us and was a great networking opportunity with businesses from across the world. That has led to us working with Commonwealth countries and we recently hosted a delegation from India.
“The University of Warwick Science Park has been a fantastic base for us and we are delighted that we can expand here.
“Some of the companies that we have helped have taken space here too – which is great for the regional economy – and many of them have also tapped into the support on offer, such as the Minerva Angel Investment programme, Techmark marketing and the Business Ready programme.
“It has helped us to attract a great deal of investment and jobs into the region and that is something that our expansion both in terms of space and staff levels will help us to continue to do in an even bigger way.”
Jane Talbot, Centre Manager of the Warwick Innovation Centre, said: “EBS is an incredible success story for the Science Park and for the region too.
“We are pleased to have supported the company’s growth for nearly 15 years and that, in turn, has seen a huge amount of wider investment coming into the region.
“This is an exciting new chapter for EBS and we look forward to continuing to support their growth.”
Pictured (left to right) Martin Williams (EBS), Jane Talbot (University of Warwick Science Park), Joe Williams (EBS)