Health firm sends work to N. Wales.
A TEAM of North Wales office workers is helping ensure the physical fitness of employees in blue chip companies.
One of Britain's largest independent corporate health practices, Roodlane Medical Ltd, based in the City of London, has transferred much of its secretarial and call centre work to Prestatyn.
Roodlane's chief executive, Gill Macleod, went to Meliden primary school, Prestatyn, and Queens School, Chester, before studying medicine at Bristol University.
Among the services Roodlane provides is a tracking service which handles all staff absences, and notifies companies' human resources departments of any problems, as well as offering solutions.
As the level of work grew Dr Macleod, who was appointed chief executive in 2007, realised it was unnecessary for much of the clerical work to be done in London, where office space is expensive, and so her first thoughts were to set up in Prestatyn.
"Local knowledge was important and we wanted somewhere with comparatively high unemployment, a stable, reliable workforce and a good work ethic," she said. "When we worked out what we wanted Prestatyn ticked all the right boxes."
The practice currently employs 12 staff in the former Kwik Save offices in Warren Drive, Prestatyn, and Dr Macleod said further jobs could well be created.
Her parents, Douglas and Anne Macleod, were both GPs in Prestatyn and both still live there.