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Byline: Ian Mcneal And Alan Plews

New jobs are on the cards across the Tees Valley after three firms announced recruitment plans.

A new-style restaurant is due to make its debut early next year, providing around 25 jobs.

Nandos Chickenland has taken over one of the ground floor units at Middlesbrough Leisure Park, which encompasses JJB Health and Fitness Club and an 11-screen cinema.

At an investment of around pounds 600,000 Nandos will begin the shop-fitting work on the 3,100sq ft unit next month.

The opening date is scheduled for April.

With 75 restaurants throughout the country no two are the same.

It is a Portuguese-style restaurant specialising in peri-peri chicken and Mark Warrior, director of High Point Estates, the leisure park owners, said: "We feel it will dovetail nicely with the current tenant line-up."

A new company, which has taken residency at a Darlington business park is to provide up to six new jobs.

Cardew Communications, a licensed re-seller of BT products and services, has taken office space in the refurbished Lingfield House.

Former BT employee Mike Cardew holds one of a number of licences that have been granted across the country to trade under the BT brand and sell BT products.

The company will service the Darlington and York areas, working with about 15,000 existing BT customers across a range of products from telephone lines and broadband to fully networked offices.

And a power supply company is increasing its workforce and moving premises.

Professional Power Electronics Services, based in Stokesley, installs and maintains uninterrupted power supply systems for firms across the UK.

The service prevents companies from losing vital data if a break in electricity supply occurs.

The company, which has a turnover of pounds 1m, is to move into new premises in the new year and plans to increase its workforce from 16 to 20.

But the move to the new site will only be temporary as the firm will move again to purpose-built headquarters in spring 2005, again in Stokesley.

Shaun Nugent, managing director, said: "There is no doubt that 2004 will be an exciting year for us and moving to larger premises nearby will give us sufficient space to develop while our bespoke headquarters are being built.

"The reason we are moving is because we are taking on more people and need more room."

PPES was set up by Shaun four years ago.

The firm has also expanded into delivering seminars, offering advice and conducting surveys covering new electricity regulations.

UK Steel Enterprise has invested pounds 35,000 in the firm's expansion.
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Date:Dec 29, 2003
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