A BUILDING services firm has created 35 jobs by opening a branch in Huddersfield.

Painting and maintenance contractor Seddon Painting has set up its new offices at Upper Bankfield Mills, Almondbury Bank, to strengthen its position in northern England.

The company said the new base would bridge the gap between its offices in Nottingham and York.

The company began recruiting staff for the new site over the Christmas period.

Neil Hand, joint managing director, said: “We are pleased to have been able to secure a presence in Huddersfield at a time when there is much regeneration work going on in Yorkshire.”

Seddon Painting has more than 30 sites covering England, Wales and Scotland. They provide paints and coatings for customers including housing associations, hotels, power stations, railway stations and schools.

The company is known in the building services industry for its award-winning apprenticeship programme, which provides jobs and skills training for scores of young people.

Seddon gained the Investor In People standard in 1999 in recognition of its staff training and development policies.

In 2007 it invested more than £2m in training its workforce.

A company spokesman said: “For more than 40 years we have operated a dedicated apprentice scheme, producing, on average, 30 skilled workers a year.

“This year we opened a £1m training centre of excellence at our Stoke headquarters.”

Seddon has 100 apprentices across its UK sites while 43 staff members are also undertaking professional qualifications, including degrees, in quantity surveying, accounting, procurement and management studies.

Seddon Painting is part of J & S Seddon, which also includes Seddon Building and 4m flooring uk Ltd. It has more than 1,000 workers.

Parent company Seddon Group is one of the UK’s major privately-owned building firms, with annual sales exceeding £240m and employing 1,700 people.