A LOFT storage expert is expanding its workforce as it moves into much larger premises.

Loft Boarding NW, of Junction 7 Business Park in Clayton-le-Moors, is interviewing as it starts to settle into its new 4,000 sq ft base, which is four times bigger than its current home on the same estate.

The loft storage company specialist was formed in 2009 as a maintenance company. It now employs 16 people.

Managing director Andy Greenhalgh said: “The new premises is on two floors with plenty of office and warehouse space, exactly what we need.”

Loft Boarding NW is run by Mr Greenhalgh and his wife Andrea. They saw a gap in the market for a quality loft storage specialist and initially ran the the business from a tiny bedroom.

Last year it became a limited company that now operates from offices and a warehouse.

Loft Boarding NW provides energy-efficient loft storage solutions. Besides specialising in loft storage and insulation, it installs the most energy-efficient loft hatches combined with top- quality loft access ladders.

Since 2010 the area of coverage for Loft Boarding NW has grown considerably and it now covers about 90 per cent of the North West. It is also expanding into Yorkshire.

Mr Greenhalgh said he was particularly seeking to employ electricians.

He said: “It’s all go at the moment. We haven’t had the room to swing a cat really and we have a lot of work to do at the new place.

“It’s difficult to say how many more people we will need because we are continually advertising. We fill roles but the demand is still there.

“We need to get people in and get them trained, but I think we will top 20 people by Christmas.”

As for the expansion into Yorkshire, Mr Greenhalgh said he was targeting the west and the south of the county.

He said: “We will dip our toe into the water and see what response we get from the website.

“We are getting quite a lot of interest and we will probably have an employee working out of Leeds.”