Jobs boost for Borders

Borders MP Calum Kerr meets Spark Energy chief executve Chris Gauld on a visit to the Selkirk-based energy supplier. Picture by Gareth Easton
Borders MP Calum Kerr meets Spark Energy chief executve Chris Gauld on a visit to the Selkirk-based energy supplier. Picture by Gareth Easton

The fastest-growing business in the Borders is planning to expand its workforce again by taking on 60 new staff by the end of the year.

The Southern can reveal that Selkirk-based Spark Energy is preparing for another recruitment drive over the next few months.

The news is a timely boost for the jobs market in the region following the collapse earlier this month of firms in Kelso and Peebles which collectively resulted in more than 160 redundancies.

Established in 2007 with a staff of just three, Spark Energy was listed as the fastest-growing company in Scotland by the Sunday Times last year.

It is now thought to be one of the top five employers in the Borders, with more than 300 staff based at its Ettrick Riverside headquarters.

In an interview with The Southern today, the company’s chief executive, Chris Gauld, reveals plans to take on 60 new staff before Christmas in order to manage Spark’s expanding customer base and its rapid transformation from a small to a medium-sized business.

“We are now in a position where we can fund investment and improvement,” said Mr Gauld.

New Borders MP Calum Kerr, who visited Spark Energy last week, said: “It’s fantastic to have a different type of employer in the region – one of the fastest-growing young independent energy companies.

“We should be shouting about Spark’s success and using it as an example to encourage other employers to come to the Borders.”